Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)


Chewy spiced apple cookies glazed inexperienced and full of salty-sweet Medjool date caramel, it’s a sandwich cookie spin on the caramel apple!

Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)

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Feasting on fruit doesn’t get anymore fall than the caramel apple – tart, candy, crispy, crunchy, sticky – they’re an ideal autumn deal with. I’m a giant huge fan of the traditional, however I couldn’t resist making a cookie twist! These candy sandwiches begin with a chewy spiced cookie full of tart little nibs of granny smith apple. Subsequent comes the inexperienced glaze with two totally different ingredient choices, each naturally coloured with matcha to a ravishing shade of apple inexperienced. After which the gooey scrumptious caramel filling, naturally flavored with Medjool dates as the bottom, a giant pinch of salt, and coconut milk for extremely creamy texture. End with a chocolate stem and dig into these sticky messy magical cookie sandwiches.

Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)

How To Make Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies

To drag off the complete presentation there are a number of totally different components we have to prep. However you may completely skip the glaze and stem and nonetheless get pleasure from a barely much less cute however nonetheless DELICIOUS caramel apple cookie sandwich state of affairs. Let’s begin with the one half that wants an oven…

Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Spice Cookies

These cookies bake as much as be thick and mushy, however golden on the underside edges and subtly crispy exterior with the right quantity of unfold. They’re made with gluten-free flour, flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweetened solely with coconut sugar for additional coziness. You’ll need:

  • Coconut oil. Or vegan butter. Utilizing all applesauce received’t get the identical unfold.
  • Peanut butter. Or almond butter, however I really like the peanut taste with apples!
  • Applesauce. I used unsweetened, however since we would like the apple taste you might even used sweetened or cinnamon applesauce right here.
  • Coconut sugar. Or brown sugar would work too.
  • Vanilla and lemon juice. For taste and just a little tartness.
  • Gluten-free flour. In the event you don’t want them to be gluten-free then common all function flour would work as effectively.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg. For a contact of that apple pie spice vibe.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Granny smith apple. Or any form of apple you’re keen on, however I went with the caramel apple traditional selection. You would additionally crumble up apple chips and fold them in.

This batter does want to sit back briefly earlier than baking so the dough isn’t too sticky for rolling and the cookies don’t unfold an excessive amount of. You may both refrigerate for half-hour, or freeze for 15 (in case you are impatient like me!)

Naturally Inexperienced Glaze

Within the spirit of retaining this recipe refined sugar free, I created a creamy inexperienced glaze with coconut butter and agave (or maple syrup) naturally coloured with matcha powder. It really works, tastes scrumptious, and units fantastically, however I understand coconut butter could be a little tough to search out and dear too. So I additionally included a powdered sugar glaze possibility with an additional infusion of apple taste and nonetheless the identical pure inexperienced. I do advocate utilizing a top quality matcha in any other case the colour can be a uninteresting (kinda ugly) inexperienced.

The Creamiest Medjool Date Caramel

My primary date paste recipe makes use of water blended with Medjool dates. However while you need a ridiculously creamy caramel, swap the water for full-fat coconut milk and WOW. The ratio is roughly the identical, however the texture and richness is unimaginable. Add in some vanilla extract and salt, and you’ve got the right salty-sweet caramel for cookie sandwich filling (or simply dipping apples!)

Whether or not I’m making the traditional date paste to bake with or this extremely creamy caramel, I all the time use Pure Delights Medjool Dates. I’ve been creating recipes with their Medjool dates for some time and there’s actually no comparability different manufacturers you should buy. Whenever you crack open a brand new pack and the candy scent hits you, the contemporary gooeyness is unmistakeable, and better of all they’re already pitted for you…nothing higher.

Ideas For Simple Apple Sandwich Meeting

  1. Let the cookies cool COMPLETELY. And even chill them so that they’re barely chilly, the glaze will set sooner with much less runoff. However I nonetheless advocate glazing them on a wire rack with a sheet of wax paper beneath to catch the drips.
  2. Solely add as a lot coconut milk as completely essential to get the caramel to mix, the thicker the higher. This layer can even profit from chilling so it’s good and thick earlier than you pipe it.
  3. Maintain them chilly till proper earlier than serving, each the glaze and the caramel will soften/soften if they’re saved at room temperature for too lengthy. Caramel apples are supposed to be messy, however we are able to nonetheless attempt to decrease!
Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies (vegan + gluten-free)

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Caramel Apple Sandwich Cookies

  • Writer: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 1 hour half-hour
  • Prepare dinner Time: 14 minutes
  • Whole Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies (6 sandwiches) 1x
  • Class: cookies
  • Technique: baking
  • Delicacies: american

Description

Chewy spiced apple cookies glazed inexperienced and full of salty-sweet Medjool date caramel, it’s a sandwich cookie spin on the caramel apple!


Apple Spice Cookies

  • 1/4 cup (50g) coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (65g) almond or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup (70g) coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp (227g) gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 faucet baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (~50g) finely diced Granny Smith apple

Inexperienced Glaze*

Medjool Date Caramel

Darkish chocolate chunks for the stems


Directions

Apple Spice Cookies

  1. Mix coconut oil, almond/peanut butter, applesauce, coconut sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Microwave 30 seconds to soften, then whisk till easy.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir to mix.
  3. Fold within the diced apples. 
  4. Freeze the dough for quarter-hour. Whereas the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 375 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Scoop the dough (about 2 tbsp per cookie), roll into balls, and organize on the baking sheets. Go away room in between for spreading, 6 cookies per pan.
  6. Bake 12-14 minutes at 375°F till the underside edges are simply beginning to brown.
  7. Cool 10 minutes on the pan, then switch to a cooling rack to chill utterly.

Inexperienced Glaze

  1. Mix coconut butter and agave in a small bowl.
  2. Microwave 30 seconds to soften the coconut butter, then whisk till easy.
  3. Add within the matcha powder, and 1-2 tbsp coconut oil if wanted to skinny it out. It is going to thicken because it cools.
  4. Dip or spoon onto cooled cookies, letting extra drip off the perimeters (place a chunk of wax paper beneath the wire rack for simpler cleanup!)
  5. Refrigerate cookies so the glaze hardens.

Medjool Date Caramel

  1. Mix Pure Delights Pitted Medjool Dates with 3/4 cup coconut milk, vanilla, and salt. 
  2. Add the remaining milk slowly as wanted if the blender will get caught, you will want to cease and stir/scrape down the perimeters usually. Add as little liquid as potential so you’ve a thick caramel filling.
  3. Chill 2-3 hours (or in a single day) to thicken.
  4. Switch to a piping bag.

To assemble

  1. Pipe a beneficiant dollop of Medjool date caramel onto half of the cookies, sandwich with the remaining cookies.
  2. Use a blow torch to soften one finish of a chocolate chunk, then instantly press it into the highest of a cookie to connect the “stem”. Alternately, you may simply press a chocolate chip onto the highest the glaze will assist it stick.
  3. Maintain cookies chilled till proper earlier than serving.

Notes

*In the event you don’t have coconut butter, you may make a powdered sugar glaze with: 2 cups powdered sugar + 2-3 tbsp apple juice + 1/2 tsp matcha powder whisked collectively till easy

Key phrases: gluten free, fall, halloween, apples, cinnamon, spice, children, wholesome, dessert, glaze, caramel, medjool dates

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