Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

In the colder winter days, I love to sit down to a warm glass of Apple Cider. What better way to enjoy the flavor of delicious Apple Cider than in a warm cookie!  These cookies are absolutely WONDERFUL!  While mixing the ingredients together for these, my husband told me these cookies better live up to how great the batter smelled.  Once he tired the finished product, he said it exceeded his expectations and are one of his favorite cookies!  Try these!  You won’t be sorry you did!

recipe from: The Cooking Photographer

1 cup unsalted butter, nearly melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (7.4 ounce) box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix *Not sugar free*
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14 ounce) bag Kraft Caramels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line rimless cookie sheets with parchment paper. It needs parchment paper for these cookies because of the caramel center. It helps to remove them from the sheet.
Cream together butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of apple cider mix until smooth and fluffy.
Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, then mix in the baking soda and baking powder.
Add the flour and mix until just combined.
With a standard (size 50) cookie scoop, scoop the dough scrapping off the excess as you go up the bowl. Flatten the dough slightly in your hand and place a caramel in the center. Work the dough around the caramel sealing well. Place the cookies two inches apart on the sheets.
Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. After baking, carefully slide the parchment with the cookies onto the counter. Let cool until they are no longer soft but still slightly warm. Twist gently to remove, and cool the rest of the way upside down on the parchment or on a cooling rack.
Makes about 50 cookies.

Notes: If cookies get too cool before you twist them off, freeze the whole sheet for a few minutes and they’ll come right off.
Also, if caramel hardens after cookies have sat for a while, microwave them for a few seconds and the caramel will melt perfectly again!


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  1. Belinda

    These look great, I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Kay-M

    Is there a reason why the 'Sugar-Free' version would/does not work?

  3. Julie Snow

    these sound amazing - I had apple cider yesterday and was thinking about what cookie would taste good with it...and now I have a cookie made FROM it! CAn't wait to try them!

  4. Purabi Naha

    This looks awesome!! Loved the droolworthy pictures. Bookmarked!

  5. Cindy

    I bought everything to make these and didn't. Thanks for thr recipe and reminder. they look great.

  6. Q @ JAQS

    That looks so yummy. Love that melty center :)Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:

  7. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

    you know I have never had cider I don't think, we go apple picking in the fall and I always say I am going to try it. But I so want to try these!

  8. Elena

    Holy delicious, those look good! Can't wait to try them :)~Elena

  9. Ashley

    So everyone can't wait to try these.... but did anyone try them??? I'm currently making my second batch as 17/19 cookies of the first batch lost the caramel during the baking process--it all just spilled out of the bottom! This batch I made the bottoms much thicker and just added more dough to the top and sealed it off. Fingers crossed!

    1. Liz

      How did the second batch turn out?