Today’s recipe combines two of my favorite things: rich fall flavors and cookies that have stuff inside them! These cookies taste like a caramel apple in cookie form, with a burst of buttery caramel in the center that will have you swooning. That’s right, swooning. They pair perfectly with a steaming cup of apple cider, tea, or coffee. Set the cookie on top of the mug and allow the steam to warm the cookie and melt the caramel. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be. Hurry up and make some today.
Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Cookies
adapted from The Cooking Photographer
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
10 packets (1 box) Spiced Apple Cider drink mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
48 caramel squares or Rolo candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars, and drink mix until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slowly add flour mixture into sugar/butter mixture and stir until just combined. Chill dough for about an hour. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop dough into your hand and flatten slightly. Put a candy in the middle and form the dough around it to shape into a ball. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges. Do not overcook. Remove cookies on the paper to a rack until completely cool. Serve with hot apple cider, tea, or coffee.