Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

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Now onto this delicious recipe. Today I am sharing a recipe to some delicious caramel apple cider cookies. The recipe was inspired from What’s Cooking with Ruthie and adapted by me. I have also adapted the recipe based on a couple changes I made after I photographed the cookies (so my cookies are pretty flat but yours shouldn’t be if you chill the dough).

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

These cookies have a great cinnamon spice cider flavor with a little bit of apple flavor, plus with caramel in the middle making them like a combo of apple cider, caramel apples and those green caramel apple suckers.

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
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  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBS apple juice concentrate, warmed
  • 7 packets of Apple Cider Instant Drink from a 7.4 (10 packet) box
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups and 2 TBS flour
  • 14 oz caramels
  1. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl. Cream together till well mixed.
  2. Add in vanilla, eggs and apple juice concentrate and stir into the mixture.
  3. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, flour and apple cider mix and fold into the batter.
  4. Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap all your caramels. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat liner.
  6. Take about 1 TBS of cookie dough into your hand and flatten it.
  7. Put a caramel in the middle of the dough and roll the dough into a ball around the caramel.
  8. Place on prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes until edges start to turn golden.
  10. When cookies are done remove parchment or liner from pan and place on counter top.
  11. Allow cookies to cool partially.
  12. When cookies are a little harder remove from parchment paper. If caramel is still soft, just flip the cookies upside down in their spots.

Enjoy these fall cookies warm. (If they get cold zap them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating so the caramel is gooey again)

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

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  1. I love Raspberry Crumb Christmas Bars.

    1. Those sound really yummy! (But this giveaway is over now, just so you know)

  2. we get fresh apple cider at our greenmarket so how could we substitute this for dry cider mix?

    1. I don’t think you could use that as a replacement for the flavor packets because there are no wet ingredients to replace and use the cider instead.

  3. These look good!

    My favorite cookies are the simple sugar cookie cutouts.

  4. Same cookie for favorite cookie to bake & swap- cream cheese cookies with maraschino cherry. I have to hunt down the ever elusive “green” maraschino cherry every year but I absolutely adore these cookies. Snow white with a red or green cherry in the middle, so pretty and very good.

  5. I’ve read the recipe a few times but don’t see where you add in the apple cider mix. I don’t see any comments about it though so I think I’m missing something. Definitely would like to try these. When do you put in the mix though???

    1. Sorry I edited the recipe. Add the cider in with all the other dry ingredients.

  6. My favorite holiday cookies are molasses cookies, almond sugar cookies, and cream cheese cookie press cookies.

  7. For the holidays, I like to bake Jam Thumbprints rolled in coconut.

  8. My favorite cookies to bake are Chocolate Espresso Chews – very deep dark chocolatey and ultra delicious.

  9. Apple cider and Caramel are always a winning combination. Yum!

  10. Michelle Thayer · · Reply

    My favorite cookie to make are snowballs/russian teacakes/wedding cakes.

  11. You had me at the gooey caramel centers… that’s one of the few things I just can’t say no to! Love the pairing of the caramel with apple cider, too. Such a perfect fall combination.

  12. Caramels and apples are such a classic combination! Love these, Aimee!

  13. Love the caramel surprise in the middle!

  14. I love to make my grandma’s shortbread cookies for the holidays!

  15. These look fantastic! I love the apple cider flavor!

  16. These look delicious. My favorite Holiday cookie has always been the Peanut Butter ones with the choc kiss in the middle!

    1. Perfect, I’ve got a “peanut butter blossom” recipe coming on Wednesday :)

  17. I love to bake almond cookies

  18. Apple Cider drink mix?? Excellent!!! I smell caramel apples!!

  19. Debbie Hawkins · · Reply

    Christmas cookies in this house are not complete without a shortbread cookie with a candy Kiss in the center. Festive and yummy!

  20. you have this ability to get me drooling! I am so excited to try this recipe, pinning

  21. I am make a few items one of which is eggnog cheesecake bars or I also make white chocolate chip cherry cookies.

  22. These sound magical! They’re definitely going on the board for this weeks meal plan!

  23. I love these, but I use the caramel bits so they are more dispersed like chocolate chips :)

    1. Amber I like that idea and I might have to try it next time. I think the smaller pieces would help the caramel from getting so hard in the middle as they cooled down as well!

  24. Great recipe! That’s so fun it uses apple cider mix!

  25. I love that you used the instant apple cider mix! These cookies sound delicious.

  26. I can remember, being 3 years old, sitting on the kitchen counter helping my Mom roll our family recipe of Sandtarts (walnut butter cookies) in powdered sugar! Mom made them every year! I have continued the tradition over the years as well as other cookies and goodies. It’s was an amazing warm-and-fuzzy with my Mom! Can’t wait to try these yummy cookies!

  27. Yum! These sound DELICIOUS! I love cookies, I’m a huge fan. If I had to pict a favorite – that would be SO hard.. but let me think.. My Chocolate Chip Cafe Cookies ( would rank pretty close to the top! Excited for your giveaway :)

  28. Oh. my. goodness. These cookies look so amazing, and with that caramel center… woah. I love the use of apple cider here. So excited to be a part of #cookieweek with you!

  29. I’m so glad you liked these cookies.. they are amazing, right?! Thanks for the link back! AND it was so fun to meet you the other night too. Have a fabulous day :) xoxo~ Ruthie
    PS- I love these cookies the best

  30. Aww your cookies look fantastic. Love the melting center and I can’t wait to try them out soon!

  31. Mmmm love that caramel in the center!

  32. Oh, wow!!! I love apple treats…and adding caramel make these cookies so irresistible!!!

  33. It’s all about the caramel surprise in the center! Such a burst of flavor in a cookie. Thanks for joining in this week!

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