Apple Spice Caramel Cookies


A totally unique cookie that will have everyone raving! Tart, sweet cookie surrounds a gooey caramel center.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 42 mins
36 cookies


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1 (7.4 ounce) box apple cider drink mix (such as Alpine® Spiced Apple Cider)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 (14 ounce) package caramel bits (such as Kraft®)


  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder together in a bowl.

  2. Combine butter, apple cider drink mix, sugar, and salt together in another bowl. Beat using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add the flour mixture gradually; mix until just combined. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  4. Microwave caramels in a microwave-safe bowl until softened, about 20 seconds. Flatten caramels using the bottom of a glass.

  5. Scoop cookie dough into balls about 1 tablespoon each. Flatten each ball slightly in your palm. Sandwich a caramel between 2 pieces of dough; pinch closed. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough and caramels. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until very lightly browned around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Slide parchment off of the baking sheet, onto your counter. Let cookies cool on the parchment.

Cook's Note:

This recipe uses all 10 packets of instant apple cider.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

174 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 174
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 21mg 106%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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