Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies // Fall Cookie Week


Only two more cookie recipes to go! I was going to attempt to squeeze in one more, but I have a feeling I’m going to have a lot of extra cookies, so making another batch would just be silly.  


I still can’t believe that tomorrow is Friday. The weeks just seem to be going faster and faster. It looks like it’s going to be another working weekend for me. What about you? Two blogger friends have asked me to participate in their fall inspired parties, so I have lots of crafting and decorating to do. I have some great ideas swirling around in my headI just need to figure out how to make them happen. Let’s hope this is a successful and productive weekend! 


For those of you just joining Fall Cookie Week, check out the bottom of this post where I’ve linked up all the cookies. Also, a reminder that I’m giving away a huge basket full of fall inspired products and tasty treats from my Gift Shoppe. You can enter that giveaway by clicking here. The wonderful folks at Goose Creek Candle Co. have also joined me in giving away two scented candles! You can enter that by clicking here.



Today’s cookie is probably one of my favorites of the week! When soft caramel meets apple cider, you just can’t go wrong! I found several recipes for this cookie online. From what I can tell, the original comes from The Cooking Photographer. Huge congrats and thanks to her and her brain for creating such fabulousness. I tweaked her recipe slightly, but I assume either recipe will result in pure deliciousness! 









Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup softened butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1  7.4 oz. box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix 

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 14 oz. bag Kraft Caramels 


Let’s get baking:


In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.


Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and all ten packs of apple cider mix until fluffy. About three minutes.


Beat eggs, one at a time, and add with the vanilla to the butter mixture. 


Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three portions, mixing each just until incorporated. 


To make forming your cookie a bit easier, refrigerate for about an hour. This step is not required, but recommended.


When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels. 


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper (not waxed paper!). 


Begin by rolling about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough into a ball. I found that a little more dough is better than less as the caramel will seep out the sides during baking. 


Then, flatten the ball of dough slightly in the palm of your hand. 


Press the caramel into the center of your dough and seal the dough around it, covering it completely. Place two inches apart on parchment-covered cookie sheets.


Bake 12-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. (As I learned, these are easy to overbake, and the caramel will burn on the bottom. As soon as you notice the cookies are starting to lightly brown, remove them from the oven.


Once the cookies are done, slide the parchment off the baking sheet right 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 them off the parchment and allow to finish cooling upside down. 




Have a great weekend everyone!!

Fall Cookie Week Roundup:

Monday – Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Tuesday – Pumpkin Blondies
Wednesday – White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Thursday – Pumpkin Krispies
Friday – Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
Saturday – Pumpkin Blossoms

  1. Perfect, perfect timing! I’m going apple picking with a friend on Sunday and was day dreaming about cookies I could make! I’ll be doing these as soon as I get home with the fresh cider from the “you press” cider place!

  2. I’ve made these before, and they are DELICIOUS!! My only advice is to make sure they will be eaten within a few days. When I made them the caramel centers got pretty hard (after about 4-5 days)and would cause the cookie to break when you take a bite (took all of the center with the first bite).

  3. Michael, I love your blog and your pinterest posts. This week’s cookie recipes have my mouth watering. Baking cookies is one of my favorite things to do!

  4. These looks divine! I am going to have to try them. Thank you for sharing your cookie recipes with us all this week!

  5. Seriously, why are you not 300 lbs.? You do so much baking and you are as thin as a rail. Are you making these and then giving them away or freezing them, coz you certainly aren’t eating them!

    They look yummy by the way!

  6. I have had Laura’s (The Cooking Photographer) cookie on my to bake list for a long time! Thanks for the reminder to get baking:) Yours look fabulous!

  7. It’s going to be raining for the next 2 days…guess what I’ll be doing? Baking Michael’s delicious cookies, of course! Then shipping them hither and yon. My children thank you, Michael.

  8. I pinned this recipe to try sometime, and finally got a chance to do it this weekend. These were amazing! Seriously, I got fantastic reviews – I’ll definitely be making these again!

      • I would suggest looking online for the cider mix. I made these last year and went to 5 different grocery stores and couldn’t find it. I finally spoke with the manager at my local Publix and he told me they only carry it in the fall, normally not even stocking it until October! Once October hit, they were in every store I went to.

        • Good idea! I never really looked for it other than in the fall. They sell it at my local Wal-mart.

          xo Michael

  9. Hi Michael, I loved this recipe!
    But I live in Brazil and we don´t have the Apple Cider mix here. What do you think I can use instead?

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  11. For those folks looking for apple cider mix…………. after trying everywhere else I found it at THE BULK BARN up here in NOVA SCOTIA , CANADA.
    My first try at making these with my grandson this afternoon. I just know I will really dig them. After al……… I am the real deal 69 yr. old cookie monster.

  12. I love cooking and baking when the weather gets cool! Looking forward to making these cookies, for myself and sending a care package to my daughter at college!! They look yummy!
    Kim xo

  13. So…. the results r in from the 69 yr. old cookie monster and 9 yr. old grandson. No cookies left. Pot of tea is empty and we both are on one truly fantastic sugar high. Next time , I will double the size.

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  17. hi, these sound wonderful, but I had a question about that Alpine apple cider mix. The box I bought says 0.74 ounce pouches (2.96 ounces for the full box) yours says 7.4 ounces, is it a miss print or did I get the wrong box? The numbers were so similar that I felt I had to ask. Thank you! Melissa

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