Caramel apple cider is one of my favorite drinks and this recipe turns that drink into a cookie! These cookies have just the right flavor balance of apple, spices and caramel all of which blend together for a great cookie that tastes like fall. The original recipe called for individual caramels to be wrapped inside each ball of cookie dough. I found some Kraft Caramel Bits at Wal-Mart last time I was there and decided to use those instead and they worked well, adding a bit of caramel into each bite.
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 (7.4 oz) box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix (not sugar free)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/3 cup Kraft Caramel Bits (or 14 oz bag Kraft Caramels)
- Caramel sauce for decorating (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
- Use a mixer to combine the butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of the apple cider drink mix. Cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mixture and Kraft Caramel Bits to the mixing bowl and mix until just combined.
- Scoop cookie dough in 1-2 tbl. sized balls. If using caramels rather than Caramel Bits, flatten the ball of cookie dough and press the individual caramel into the center, then wrap the cookie dough around the caramel.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until the cookies are every so slightly browned around the edges, err on the side of underbaking. Let the cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Once cool, drizzle with caramel sauce if desired. Serve at room temp, or heat for a few seconds in the microwave before eating