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Apple Basket Sugar Cookie Cups

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Apple basket sugar cookie cups are the perfect treat for fall. Not only are they easy to make but they are adorable fall decor for your kitchen.

Apple Bushels Cookies

I love fall and I love apple season.  Growing up in Michigan, trips to cider mills and apple picking were always a fall must do activity.

Nevada doesn’t exactly have cider mills, though, so I have make my own fun.  Having these little apple baskets sitting on the counter reminds me that it really is fall despite the 100 degrees outside.

Tootsie Roll Apples

The best part is that every apple is different in nature, so you shouldn’t worry too much about each apple looking the same.

Sugar Cookie Cups with Apples

Have fun with it! You can do all green, or all red, or mix it up with green and red apples or maybe even yellow for Golden Delicious apples.

Apple Basket Sugar Cookie Cups

Sugar Cookie Cups

Start by making the sugar cookie cups. You will need a mini muffin pan to create the cups.  It’s also helpful to have a tart shaper although the back of a tablespoon would also work.

Apples Made from Tootsie Rolls

Once they are baked, set the sugar cookie cups aside to cool completely.

Now, it’s time to make the apples. You can make three apples per Tootsie Roll and will need at least one extra green for the leaves.

how to make candy apples

Unwrap the ends of each Tootsie Roll, but leave the candy in the wrapper.

Microwave 2-3 Tootsie Rolls at a time for about 5-10 seconds in the wrapper.

Using a cutting board and sharp knife, cut a green or pink tootsie roll into three pieces. Roll each piece into a round shape. Set aside.

Apple Basket Sugar Cookies

Cut a small piece of a chocolate tootsie roll and roll into a “snake.”

Cut the snake to make a small stem.

Insert a toothpick into the round apple and place the chocolate stem inside.

Flatten a small piece of green tootsie roll and cut a tiny triangle leaf.

Attach to stem.

Sugar Cookie Cups Cookie Recipe

Place in prepared, and completely cooled, sugar cookie cups.  The cookies last well when displayed but if you plan to serve them, then I’d store in an air tight container.
They’ve lasted for at least 4 days sitting out on the counter and still looked perfect.  Spice up your kitchen this fall with these fun apple baskets!
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Apple Basket Sugar Cookie Cups

Apple Basket Sugar Cookie Cups

Ingredients

[b]For the cookies:[/b]

  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Apples:

  • How to make apples:
  • Ingredients:
  • Chocolate Tootsie Rolls
  • Tootsie Fruit Rolls, divided (green and pink)
  • You can create three apples from one green or pink tootsie roll. You'll need a least 1 extra green for the leaves.
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Toothpick

Instructions

To Make the Sugar Cookie Cups:

  1. Heat oven to 350. Grease mini muffin pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
  3. Beat sugar and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl sides at least once during mixing. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Slowly add flour to mixture and mix until blended.
  5. Roll into 1" balls, place in muffin tin and using a pastry tart shaper, push into tins. If you don't have a tart shaper, you can use the back of a "half circle" tablespoon.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown. These freeze really well.

To Make the Apples:

  1. Microwave 2-3 red and green fruit Tootsie Rolls for about 5-10 seconds in the wrapper. I usually unwrap the ends before I microwave them, but I leave the candy in the wrapper.
  2. Using a cutting board and sharp knife, cut a green or pink tootsie roll into three pieces. Roll each piece into a round shape. Set aside.
  3. Cut a small piece of a chocolate tootsie roll and roll into a "snake." Cut the snake to make a small stem.
  4. Insert a toothpick into the round apple and place the chocolate stem inside. Flatten a small piece of green tootsie roll and cut a tiny triangle leaf. Attach to stem.
  5. Place in prepared, and completely cooled, sugar cookie cups and enjoy!

 

 

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21 Comments
  • Miz Helen
    September 2, 2017

    I just pinned your awesome Apple Basket Sugar Cookie Cups, what a special treat!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Erin @ Making Memories
    September 1, 2017

    These cookies are s stinin’ cute!

  • Judi Graber
    September 1, 2017

    Great idea and I didn’t know tootsie rolls come in colors. So easy to make and a great treat for the kids (I stay away from chewy candies – last time a filling came lose). Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

    • Judi Graber
      September 1, 2017

      P.S. I’ve lived in Michigan most of my adult life and love it here.

  • What a cute idea and they look gorgeous and tasty! Thanks for sharing at #overthemoon link party this week.

  • Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    August 30, 2017

    These are so adorable!! What a fabulous idea!

  • Lindsay @ The DIY Mommy
    August 28, 2017

    Oh my goodness! These are absolutely darling. They are almost too cute to eat. Thanks for sharing.

  • These are absolutely adorable!!! I can’t wait to make these this weekend with my daughter. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • A_Boleyn
    September 22, 2016

    Very imaginative creation … I would have never imagined making little apples out of the tootsie rolls. I’ve never seen coloured ones though, to be honest, I’ve never looked. 🙂

  • Emmi
    September 12, 2016

    Awesome!! Those look so cute and I bet they taste delicious!!! 😉 WOW! 😉 Thank you for this wonderful inspiration! Have a nice week!
    – Emmi from emmiscookin.com

  • Create With Joy
    September 11, 2016

    I fell in love with your recipe the moment I saw it – SO creative!
    Thanks for sharing it at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy –
    You are one of our Featured Guests this week! 🙂
    #245

  • Wendy
    September 11, 2016

    Too cute! Making those little apples will be like playing with playdoh!

  • Robin
    September 10, 2016

    Brilliant!!!! These are the cutest things everrrrrr.

  • Lisa
    September 9, 2016

    These are so creative and adorable! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Share The Wealth Blog Hop. I’ll be featuring your post as one of my favorites at the next party 🙂

  • Donna
    September 7, 2016

    Now those cookies look too adorable to eat, but I’m sure they are fabulous! Thanks for sharing. I have definitely pinned for later.

  • Jen V.
    September 17, 2015

    Those are just the cutest! What a clever idea. I will have to make these with my youngest daughter.

  • Rose
    September 14, 2015

    Oh my gosh this is the cutest thing ever! I shared it on my Facebook page!

  • Amber
    September 13, 2015

    This is such a cute idea!! Here in New England, fall means apple picking for our family too. I think my kids would love to make these. What a great idea to use the fruity tootsie rolls. They look just like mini apples! So cute. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere. Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow! 🙂

  • Sarah R.
    September 11, 2015

    STOP.IT. Oh my gosh, I can’t handle the cuteness!!!! Pinned this one for sure. 🙂 So glad you linked up at Snickerdoodle Sunday and hope to see your latest & greatest this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  • Carlee
    September 8, 2015

    Those are the cutest thing ever! I am throwing an apple shower next month and these would be perfect. I am not sure I have the patience to make all those little apples though!

    • Camille
      September 13, 2015

      Oh how cute!! They would be adorable. Just make a few. 🙂