Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

I don’t know about you but I LOVE caramel apples!  Every time we go to Depot Bay (here in Oregon)we go to the little candy store and buy 3 caramel apples and enjoy every single bite of them!  But I don’t ever make them.  Why is that???
When I saw the recipe for these Caramel Apple Cider Cookies on Scrambled Henfruit I thought “best of both worlds… caramel apples and cookies!  Whoo hoo!”  And was I happy I made them!  They are amazing!!!
I changed the recipe a little bit.  Rather than using a whole caramel I used caramel bits.  They didn’t turn out as cool looking (without the big blob of caramel in the middle.  But there was caramel in every bite which I loved.  And I was afraid the big blop of caramel would get hard and make it almost impossible to eat (and super messy for my kids.)  Plus… have you seen these yet in the stores?
New favorite product.  They are soft and delicious!
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
* 1 cup softened butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1 box of Apple Cider Drink Mix (all 10 packages) located near the hot chocolate in the grocery store
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1/2 tsp. baking powder
* 1 tsp. cinnamon
* 3 cups all purpose flour
* Caramel bits or “regular” caramels
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  This is important in case the caramel bakes through the bottom.
In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt and all 10 packages of Spiced Cider Mix until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla and mix well.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon just until mixed.
Refrigerate for about an hour.
When you are ready to bake, scoop out a ball (about the size of a walnut).  Press a hole in the center and fill with caramel bits (or 1 large caramel.)  Seal dough around caramel and place on parchment paper.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until very lightly browned.  Don’t over bake!  When done, immediately slide parchment paper onto the counter and let cool just until they are firm enough to move.  Turn cookies upside down (this helps the caramel not all sink to the bottom and stick to the paper) and let cool completely.
 
Of course eat a couple while warm – they are delicious!!!
Enjoy!
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Comments

  1. oh yum, I so have to try those!

  2. Hello Erin,
    Your Caramel Apple Cider Cookies look and sound super yummy.
    Smiles, Paula

  3. Thanks for linking up with us at Kids in the Kitchen and sharing your creative recipes with us! Have a great week!

  4. I’ve seen those caramels at the store when buying the larger ones for caramel apples. Are they the same but just smaller?

    Those cookies really do look and sound great. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Your Cozy Home Party!

  5. These cookies look amazing and I love the combination of ingredients you used. Thanks for sharing a great recipe

  6. what a amazing cookie combination

  7. These looks so tasty. I bet my hubs would love them since he loves caramel apples. I would love it if you would link up to my party at http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/04/tout-it-tuesday-2.html

  8. These look really, really good! Going straight in my to-make folder!

    Here’s My FPT:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2012/04/full-plate-thursday-cheesy-potatoes-and.html

    Colletta

  9. I made cookies like this last fall, & they are sooooo good with the apple flavor! I love the idea of using the caramel bits. I recently made chocolate chip caramel cookies ( http://mdoublemcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/04/caramel-surprise-chocolate-chip-cookies.html ), and had some problems with the caramel leaking out of the bottom. I think using the bits would make them even better!

  10. Hi Erin,
    These cookies will have the most wonderful flavor and we will just love them! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. This sounds delicious!! SO want to try these. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  12. I love this- they make me drool 😉 from KIK

  13. Yum, those look delicious! I love caramel apples, even more in a cookie!

  14. I love this recipe. Sounds delicious!

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