Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

These cookies are very tasty.  They are really best warm,  so I gave them a zap in the microwave to soften them a bit.  They are like biting into fresh apple cider.  I halved the recipe and this still made a whole lot of cookies.  Bonus: I have 5 packets of Apple cider left to make more!  The original recipe calls for whole caramels in the middle of the cookie, which also sounds delicious, but I liked the bits of caramel as well.  A great fall cookie that is something other than pumpkin!  Thanks Cristine!

recipe from: cristinecooks

  • 1 cup softened butter 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (7.4 oz) Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink mix -not sugar free- all 10 packets
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 bags Kraft Caramel Bits  (11 oz each)

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment or silpats.
In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
Cream together butter, sugar, salt and all 10 packages of apple cider drink mix powder, until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well.
Gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in caramel bits.
Scoop cookie dough onto prepared sheet and bake 12 minutes or until edges are slightly brown.  Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet until set. Move to cooling rack and cool completely.

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