Caramel Apple Cookies

For Cookies:

1 cup sugar

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

½ cup shortening

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

Red food color

About 24 wooden sticks with rounded ends

For Caramel Glaze:

1 package (14 ounces) vanilla caramels

¼ cup water

  1. Heat oven to 400º
  2. Beat sugar, butter, and shortening.
  3. Stir in vanilla and eggs.
  4. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Stir in food color to tint dough red.
  6. Roll dough ¼ inch thick on lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut with 3-inch round or apple-shaped cookie cutter.
  8. Place on cookie sheet.
  9. Insert wooden stick into side of each cookie.
  10. Bake 8-9 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  11. Cool 2 minutes.
  12. Remove from cookie sheet to were rack.
  13. Cool completely.
  14. Spread top third of each cookie (opposite wooden stick) with Caramel Glaze.
  15. Hold cookie upright to allow glaze to drizzle down cookie.

Caramel Glaze:

Heat caramels and water in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. If glaze becomes too stiff, hear over low heat, stirring constantly, until softened.

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