Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies




I eat a lot of cookies and these are definitely some of the tastier, more addictive cookies I have made. I found the recipe from Scrambled Henfruit, so they deserve all the credit (and also for the cover picture since I am horrid at taking pictures). But this recipe must be shared! I have a couple alterations as well...  Enjoy :)

*sorry in advance for the poor picture quality, I wasn't originally going to document this but then did so with my phone because it looked so tasty*

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 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- 6 packets (I found this in my grocery store near the hot chocolate mixes.) The original recipe called for all 10 packets, but I found this too strong. I should probably be adding brown sugar to compensate but oh well...
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 bag Kraft Caramels (14 oz)

Step 2: Directions

*Forward:  don't let your dog trick you into letting her watch the cookies in the oven for you, nor the ones on the counter...
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. (You really need the parchment!)
  2. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. With your mixer (or an energetic spoon) cream together butter, sugar, salt and all 10 packages of apple cider drink mix powder, until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
  6. Refrigerate for about an hour. (If you’re really impatient you don’t have to do this, but it makes it so much easier to work with.)
  7. When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels.
  8. Scoop out cookie dough ball about the size of a walnut. (I used a rounded cookie scoop-full. My scoop holds about a Tablespoon.)
  9. Flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. Press the unwrapped caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets 2 inches apart. I found it worked better if you flatten the caramels first too.
  10. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. Please don’t over-bake! Once the cookies are done, slide the parchment off of the baking sheet right out onto the counter. Allow cookies to partially cool on the parchment. When cookies are cool enough to be firm but still slightly warm, carefully twist off of parchment and allow to finish cooling upside down (either on the parchment or on a rack.) If you forget about them and they cool too much and stick to your parchment, put them into the freezer for a few minutes and they’ll pop right off.
  11. Yield: about 4 dozen, depending on how large you make your cookies (or how many caramels have been snitched out of your bag before you begin.) Store in an airtight container.
  12. EAT THEM ALL!!!!



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    17 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Hello, I plan on making these cookies again with a slight variation. I found that the caramels didn't work well. They leaked through the cookies (in spite of my following the directions to flip the cookies over and in spite of the cookies I made being slightly larger than what was suggested). Also, once cooled the caramel is hard and chewy. For me it doesn't go well with the rest of the light, crispy cookie. I will try making these with caramel chips next time. Hopefully I will end up with the great taste of caramel without the things I didn't like about the caramels.

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Zazzybeth, what if you melted the caramels and thinned w/ a little milk or water? I use this method in some brownies I make, and it produces a softer caramel. I'm not sure what to do about the leaking, except to suggest that freezing the cookies on the sheet before baking may help. I have not tried this, but read it somewhere... Freeze them on the cookie sheet. Have the oven preheated, so you can pop the cookies in quickly. Worth a try, maybe?


    Reply 3 years ago

    Also, leaving the cookie dough to set for a bit will cause it to stiffen up. That may help the leakage trouble.

    I made these for Christmas this year and they were fantastic! They were amazing fresh and stored great, too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it's a new favorite.

    This recipe is useless for anyone outside the US, due to the specialised ingredients used. Raw or basic ingredients are best for Instructable recipes.

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    Which ingredient are you referring to? I know I have bought the apple cider powder packets in parts of Europe and in Canada. And I would be completely astounded if caramel only existed in the US. And I assume you can find the rest of the basic ingredients. If you are having trouble finding ingredients, I would suggest asking for help...


    So awesome. Not hard to make and unique and tasty!
    These are amazing fresh out of the oven. Once they are cool the caramel stiffens back up and gets pretty darn chewy. But just reheat them again and you're good to go!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'd seen the thumbnail for this on Instructables' Facebook, and couldn't wrap my head around how to accomplish cookies with a filling. I finally had some time today, so I checked it makes so much sense now! These look amazing, well done.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    why no real apple cider? Processed ingredients are killing us. The real thing is much more appealing to me

    1 reply
    Onyx Ibexfrugalista54

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    go for it? you want it to be a dry ingredient... I admit I do not know if you can get "real apple cider" in powder form. I would be glad to switch to more sustainable practices if you gave your full argument concerning apple ciders... and I'm curious to learn more.

    Onyx IbexLorddrake

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    ah, but you see it is far more complex than that. She pilfers baked goods plenty, but a majority of her plunders are unbaked goods and her preferred un-edible goods... I think she has also paid off the grandparents.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    omg... This cookie looks criminally delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!