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Caramel Apple Thumbprints

(originally made 9/2006)

Our town's 7th annual Derryfest was today. Last year I entered 2 categories and came home empty handed. This time, I put all my eggs in one basket :) We went apple picking last week, and I wanted to incorporate apples into a cookie. We had a fun time, and I was happy to come home with a 1st prize in the Rolled Cookie category :) Although I have to say, I use a cookie scoop to make mine :)



 Caramel Apple Thumbprints

For the cookies:
2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 sticks butter
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
3 apples (about 2 pounds), peeled, cored, diced small
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup apple juice
3T caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 375º. Cream together brown sugar and butter. Add egg yolks and vanilla, mix well. Stir in flour and salt. Roll into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets 1" apart.

Bake in 375º degree oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Quickly indent each cookie center with thumb. Bake 8 minutes longer. Cool completely.

For Filling:
Combine apples, brown sugar, butter, and apple juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Lower heat to medium; cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat. Stir in 3T caramel ice cream topping. Cool. Fill each cookie with 1t filling.

Makes about 2 dozen.

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