Caramel apple taste without getting sticky!

Here is a great fall recipe from the folks at Midwest Living Magazine. If you like caramel apples you will love these cookies.

They also have the added benefit of not sticking to your braces or dental work. Feel free to share this recipe with your patients.

Caramel Apple Cookies
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1 tsp. apple pie spice
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup apple juice or milk
* 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
* 1 large tart apple (about 1 cup)
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 3 Tbsp. butter
* 3 Tbsp. apple juice
* 2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
* 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted


1. In a large mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1-1/4 cups brown sugar, baking soda, apple pie spice, and salt. Beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg until well combined. Add 1/2 cup apple juice; beat on low speed until combined (mixture will look curdled). Beat in as much of the flours as you can with the mixer; stir in any remaining flour. Fold in apple.

2. Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart cookie sheets. Bake in 350 degree F oven about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.

3. In a small saucepan heat and stir 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons apple juice over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar. Spread frosting on cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle with pecans.