Monday, November 8, 2010

Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies


 I am not a bossy person by nature. I pretty much go with the flow- I'm a middle child for heaven's sake.  But I'm going to tell you to do something. Now. Make these cookies. Make a cup of tea. Perch one of these puppies over your steaming hot tea for just a minute. Then take a bite, close your eyes and swoon over the gooey caramel apple deliciousness that is this cookie.  I mean, it is fall. And what screams "Fall" more than caramel and apple cider?


 This is another awesome recipe from  Laura at The Cooking Photographer.  (If you don't' know her blog, you really should make a visit- she has so many lovely recipes and photos!) All you'll need- in addition to what you probably already have in your pantry- is a bag of Kraft Caramels and a box of Alpine Instant Spiced Cider. (Yep, those little packets of powder that you mix with hot water.) These two magical ingredients take an ordinary sugar cookie base and transform it into this perfect tea-time treat.


 These cookies are best enjoyed slightly warm, either from sitting atop your tea mug or microwaved for a few seconds. My favorite method? My tea mug of course. (I even used a pair of chopsticks this morning to suspend my cookie, since it was smaller than my big mug.) The warmth of the rising steam from the tea makes the caramel melt ever-so-slightly into a gooey center, surrounded by a crispy sweet-tart apple flavored cookie. Now tell me you can resist that!

Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
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- all 10 packets (I found this in my grocery store near the hot chocolate mixes.)
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)

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheets with parchment. (You really need the parchment!)
  • In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • 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.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
  • 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.)
  • When you are ready to bake, unwrap your caramels. 
  • Scoop out cookie dough ball about the size of a walnut. (I used a rounded cookie scoop-full. My scoop holds about a Tablespoon.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

183 comments:

  1. AGGGGGhbgjre;bnbri!

    I WANT TO MAKE THESE RIGHT NOW!

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  2. What a delicious treat! I love the idea to use the apple cider pouches.

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  3. You do not have to tell me twice! I will most definitely give these a try! They look ridiculously yummy!!!

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  4. These look so amazing! Caramel stuffed? Definitely irresistable.

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  5. Goodness look at all that caramel!! These look divine!!

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  6. WOW! Those look really yummy. In reply to the comment you left on my blog, yes, the pineapple cake was kinda like upside down pineapple cake.

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  7. Betty thank-you thank-you thank-you for making these and making sure they didn't vanish into the vortex of lost recipe posts. You made me so happy.

    Laura

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  8. Oh and can I have one? I'll bring the tea!

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  9. Ohhh!!! They look so delicious. The gooey caramel look so good....

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  10. How fun! I would never have thought to use the Alpine Cider in cookies. Can't wait to try this one! ;)

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  11. Wow! This is so yummy looking! Would love to have this for my tea! Bookmarking this! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. wow! you can be as big of a bossy pants as you want! those look scrumptious!

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  13. I'm definitely going to take your advice -- make these and perch them over a steaming cup of tea or cider! The gooey caramel centers are calling my name! ;)

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  14. These cookies look amazing, bet they have great apple flavor from that cider mix - hello with those gooey caramel centers. So awesome!

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  15. Never heard of these,but they look magnificent, amazing so they must be real good!

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  16. I want them too.
    Gooey and delicious ♥

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  17. These are brilliant, ingenious, and fantastic-looking! The way you photographed them with the mug of coffee makes me want to dig in right away.

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  18. WOW, these cookies look so yummie, love the surprise inside them...and apple cider cookie sounds and looks delicious :-) Great pictures!

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  19. Well wouldn't you know it.. I have that dry apple cider mix! I might have to make these cookies when Mountain Man gets back from his trip!

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  20. Good grief do those every look good! Look at that gooey caramel. I've never heard of a caramel stuffed cookie before. Brilliant!

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  21. Super yum. I'll be making this in the very near future.

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  22. I'm not sure if my first comment worked, these cookies look and sound wonderful, I am imagining that cup of tea right now. I will check out the cooking photographer, love the name, thanks:)

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  23. I have seen so many wonderful caramel cookie recipes lately, but this recipe is jumping right to the top of the list. Caramel and apple cider? Can I eat one right now :)

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  24. You don't have to tell me either! I'm going to have to stop myself from going to the store to buy the ingredients needed right now! These look amazing, and I love all the recipes that Laura puts up on her site. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are stunning! Have a beautiful Wednesday full of laughter and love!

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  25. Aww I was so set to make this but then I realised that we don't have Kraft caramels and that cider mix. I wonder if I could make this with the ingredients we have here? :)

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  26. Be as bossy as you like...I think I'm gonna have to listen to you. These look AMAZING! Oh my gosh, that center...aaaaahhhhhh :P"""""""" Saving! YUM :D

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  27. OMG. I copied the recipe before I even made this comment. Boss me around anytime!

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  28. I'm going to the store and buying the ingredients for these TODAY!

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  29. I have been looking for things to bring to my mom's for Thanksgiving. These are perfect! They sound amazing. I will probably eat them all before I get there.

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  30. Wow! Great recipe for the holidays. Homemade cookies are right up my alley. Have a good one!

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  31. Wow, Betty, these look amazing! I think I'll have to add these to my typical list of holiday cookies! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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  32. Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!

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  33. Oh wow. I mean wow. Look at the amazing on the outside, and then ooey gooey goodness on the inside. Sigh. That's just wow.

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  34. Ummm yeah. You can boss me around whenever you want. In exchange for this fabulous recipe that you've just provided me with. Hello beautiful. Come to momma.

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  35. apple cider cookies...you kidding..how delish!

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  36. You had me at crispy, if its a crispy cookie im in!!
    Actually u had me at apple cider and caramel too....oh dear , u had me at evrything ,everywhere!!
    Am going to hop by at Laura's too!!
    What u think is the sub for that apple cider drink , i'll never find it here!
    now if u can help me with a sub for that aplle cider ,id be thrilled !!

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  37. the only ingredient that can come close to being as awesome with apple as cinnamon is caramel. these cookies have it all--well done!

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  38. this look so decadent and rich and i am totally loving this.

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  39. It's perfectly fine with me if you are a bit bossy. This is a must try recipe.
    Mimi

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  40. These look so amazing - what a fun FALL treat!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  41. You did not have to boss me into making these. These. Look. Ab.So.Lu.Tely. FRIGGIN' FABULOUS! Wow! Yum. =)

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  42. These cookies look awesome! I love the flavors, and the filling is so special. I want one right now with a cup of tea!

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  43. Caramel-stuffed apple cider cookies???!!? How could I not make these? What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! I cannot wait to try this recipe out!

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  44. I have completely neglected apples this fall in lieu of pumpkin baked goods..I need to snap out of it and make these cookies! Especially since you said so :)

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  45. What a quick and yummy cookie recipe! I simply love it.

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  46. These are amazingly delicious...
    great Fall flavors :)

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  47. I'm on the hunt for a "Wow" cookie to take to the office and this could be it. I'm drooling on these pictures already.

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  48. These look heavenly! I loved a good stuffed cookie - yum, yum, yum!

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  49. Oh, my gosh! I just saw these over on yummychunklet's blog and knew I just had to make them. I love a cookie with a surprise in the middle. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  50. this recipe looks amazing! i love the inventive use of ingredients.

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  51. These look AMAZING! I have them bookmarked and ready to try. Wishing I saw these before my cookie exchange.

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  52. This looks AMAZING. Like wow I never thought to make cookies like this. That said, I hardly bake altogether and I'm just starting to learn. I'll definitely have to try this someday.

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  53. I just made these tonight and they are every bit delicious as they look! Thanks for the recipe! Love it!

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  54. Making these tonight... THANK YOU for posting this recipe! I am already in LOVE!

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  55. These ARE amazing! So yummy. Thank you for sharing :) My excuse for making them yesterday was "It's the first day of fall tomorrow - have to celebrate fall!" My excuse for making them next time will be "Don't you remember how fantastic those cookies were? We should celebrate fall all the time."

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  56. I made these tonight and they are SO Tasty!! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. Made these for my family and 3rd grade team in honor of Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Ok..I just really wanted to make them. ha...
    BIG hit with everyone! Thanks for the recipe!

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  58. Just made my first batch and after chilling for over an hour the dough was SOOOO sticky, I ended up putting the bowl back on the mixer and adding in another 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour. Must just be because of the extreme humidity in the Pacific NW...

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  59. Yummy! These sound perfect for a chilly fall morning!

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  60. These are awesome! I was able to get 5 dozen out of this recipe (had to use extra caramel tho). Perfect Fall cookie! Thanks for the recipe.

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  61. I made these tonight and Oh. My. Gah. They are incredible. SO glad I found this recipe on pinterest.

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  62. Be too with the whole pinterest thing. If it hadn't been for this I'd have not found you and these cookies. Oh my gosh!

    I was reading along and you told me I needed caramels and the spiced cider packet and I actually said, "I have both," out loud. I'm that ready to make them. My husband's ready to have me committed for talking to my computer, but who cares. I'll have the cookies to tide me over in prison.

    Today. Now. I'm making these. Many thanks!

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  63. ,Made these for tailgate today and they were so great! Someone said "these taste like fall!" I totally agree!

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  64. These were a hit with my boys and husband tonight! We used the new Brach's Caramel Bits -- they are little balls of caramel ready to use (you don't have to unwrap them). Thanks for sharing -- we've got a new fall favorite, now. :)

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  65. This is utter fall cookie genius. I am so glad autumn is just around the corner.

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  66. How do these fare the next day? do they get too crispy/hard (which I don't like) or do they lose/gain more flavor?

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  67. Sounds amazing!!! But,can you use sugar free apple cider mix and/or caramels? How would this change the cookies?

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  68. @ SJ- Mine didn't last more than a day. :) After the cookies cool, they are best slightly warmed either in the microwave or over a steaming cup. I imagine that the second day this would still hold true.
    @ Anonymous- I've never tried them with the sugar free mix or caramels, so I can't really say how they'd work. If you try it, let me know!

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  69. Made these tonight and they were AMAZING!!! [I also linked back to your blog so that others can find this recipe and many of your other delightful ones.)
    Thanks for the great cookie recipe!

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  70. These cookies look absolutely amazing! Love the gooey caramel in the middle... :)

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  71. My husband and I made these tonight and they are delish!

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  72. I made these last night and blogged about them today. I've given a link back to you. Do you have a Twitter account? I'd love to follow. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It has made my week.

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  73. Delicious! Just took a batch out of the oven, and they are amazing :)

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  74. I just made these. Everyone thinks they are probably the best cookies they ever had!! I used 9 packets of cider because my daughter drank 1 packet. I couldn't find the wrapped caramels only caramel apple wrappers, which are round flat sheets that are used to make caramel apples.I stacked 2 together and cut them. They were smaller than wrapped candies but I think it worked out better because they did not stick! They were not as gooey as the picture but they are really good! I baked about 2 dozen and made the other 2 dozen or so in a plastic bin on the parchment ready to bake for a friend.

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  75. I made these last night and they are amazing!!!! I only have one question...how do you keep the caramels from getting really hard on day 2 and afterwards? They're amazing again today, but the insides I feel should be softer or more gooey. Should I have let them cook longer? Any suggestions?? Thanks again!!!!! :-)

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  76. @Alanajill- I don't think that cooking longer would change the caramel, in fact it might make it harder. I'd just microwave the cookies for a few seconds to make them soft again. Or have them with a cup of tea. :) Glad you enjoyed them!

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  77. What does the parchment do? I have all the ingredients to make these, but not parchment paper....can I not make these then?

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  78. mmmm... I just made these tonight for a bake sale and they were so yummy!

    I also made a separate batch using 7.4 oz of pumpkin spice drink mix instead of the apple cider mix, and they turned out wonderfully delicious as well!

    Thanks for the recipe/awesome idea!

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  79. The parchment paper keeps the cookies from sticking. You could try Sil-Pat, non-stick foil or greasing your cookie sheet very well!

    @Jackie- The pumpkin spice drink mix sounds good!

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  80. Loved these cookies and I made them for a new cooking challenge that I participate in. I posted them on my blog and I've shared the linky love back to you and this post. Thanks for a delicious recipe. Here's my post: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  81. These look amazing! I am your newest follower. :)

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  82. Good to know you can use Kraft caramels and still have it look and taste incredible. I always think I'll end up with horrific burns if I make it myself.

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  83. I just made these, and they definitely shot to the top of my "favorite recipes EVER". they are INCREDIBLY easy to make and even easier to eat!
    I'll definitely be making these in years to come.
    Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

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  84. These just came out of my oven and they're almost perfect! My caramels were a bit on the hard side to start with so they didn't melt down to the degree I would have liked them to, I bought them in bulk at the grocery store...I'll try the kraft ones next time as I do recall them being a bit softer the last time I used them! A gorgeous tasty cookie that I know my family and friends will love! I also really love the idea of warming it over my tea cup like a stroop waffle! Thanks for sharing a great recipe :)

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  85. How much apple cider mix do you think it is? I have a bag in bulk and need help measuring out the right amount :) !

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  86. @Kelly- All I can really tell you is that the total weight in the packets is 7.4 ounces. I hope that helps! :)

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  87. I used the sugar-free apple cider mix and they tasted great to me. I also rolled them in sprinkles...because I like sprinkles!

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  88. I did a variation on these and it turned out excellent! I'm in college, so it's hard to have extra baking supplied available. I cought a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and added the cider powder to that (as well as the egg and butter per package). I would suggest letting the dough chill, and then dropping by spoonful and filling with caramel. Out of the oven, we drizzled melted caramel and cinnamon over the cookies. Easy and delicious :)

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  89. Where is everyone finding the apple cider mix? I have checked half a dozen stores and none of them have it yet - they have all said it is a seasonal item that will be coming soon. I was planning to make these cookies for a party tonight.

    Does anyone know how I could make my own cider mix?

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  90. I LOVED making these! I honestly don't even know how I found your blog; probably from someone posting this link to Facebook. But I saw these cookies and was determined to make them! YUM!!! Each batch turned out absolutely perfect!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It will now be a signature fall cookie for me!

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  91. These were delicious!
    Would it work to use hot chocolate mix instead of apple cider mix? The other hot chocolate cookie recipes I found online don't seem that great to me...

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  92. AWESOME!! These look Delicious!! I am NEW to you and I had to post your site on my Facebook page!! I have a TON of friends who LOVE to bake!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  93. Looks so yummy...unfortunately I don't think I can get the cider powder in my country:(

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  94. Tried them, LOVE them!!! Eating them right now! Yum YUM!

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  95. Hi - you specified not using the sugar free packets. Is there a reason? Thanks!

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  96. MUST. MAKE. NOW.
    I'm glad there's a good use for those cider packets. I never thought they made good drinking cider.

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  97. @ miapinion- I used the regular kind so I wasn't sure how the sugar free would work. An anonymous commenter made them with sugar free mix and said they turned out great, though. :)

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  98. I made them last night and they were fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

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  99. I am curious how the addition of the cinnamon affected the original recipe - that was the adaptation I could detect. Thanks.

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  100. I made these the other day and they were absolutely delicious - the smell of the apple cider was just everywhere (in a good way). My mom had sent me some of the Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses, so I stuffed some of the cookies with them instead and they were great! I wanted to ask you, is there a way to prevent the stuffing from migrating straight to the bottom of the cookie during baking? Though delicious, mine were definitely more like 'apple cider cookies with melted caramel stuck to the bottom' than 'apple cider cookies stuffed with caramel' :)

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  101. i've made this twice now, and they are extremely popular! someone told me that it was probably the best cookie she'd ever had. seriously genius; thanks for the recipe!

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  102. I just made these! One batch is out and the other is still baking in the oven, my apt smells like heaven! Thank you for the recipe- I'm headed over to a friends house with these in a bit, I KNOW they'll be a huge hit!

    -meesch
    http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

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  103. @sue- I added cinnamon because I love cinnamon with apple cider. :)
    @ Meaghan- I only had one or two break through the bottom. My cookie sheets are insulated- perhaps that makes a difference? Just make sure to enclose the caramel completely. I bet the pumpkin spice filling was yummy!

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  104. Found this on Pinterest! Just made some...super delish! I used a silpat instead of parchment paper...could that be why some of my caramel traveled to the bottom? They were fully enclosed by cookie when I put them on there. Still yummy yummy :)

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  105. I'm gluten-intolerant, so I subbed out all-purpose flour for a gluten-free flour mix and added an extra half-teaspoon of vanilla, and it worked wonderfully. :D There's no weird texture or taste. This recipe is fantastic! A big hit with my family today! Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Thank-you Rachael! Trying them tonight as GF :) J. From Canada

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  106. i was super lazy and used store bought cookie dough and mixed the cider mix into it. the cookies spread out really far and weren't as pretty as yours but still tasted awesome. sometime when i'm feeling more motivated i'll try to make the cookies from scratch.

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  107. I just posted a link to this recipe from my blog.

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  108. just made this recipe with wheat flower and coconut sugar. AWESOME!

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  109. Rolos work as well and make the cookie center softer and easier to eat the next day!

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  110. These look so heavenly! I'm going to make these for sure. Thanks!!!

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  111. I'm currently making these right now and I'm trying desperately to NOT eat all the batter lol. so good!

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  112. These are delicious. I'm going to share them with my family for Christmas. Thank you for posting these!

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  113. I am so excited to make these!!! What a creative recipe!!!

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  114. Just made these cookies without the cider mix (Can't get it here) THEY ARE TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
    it's a bit of work but totally worth it :D

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  115. sounds like a cavity. but such a delicious one :-)

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  116. I want to try these in the worse way... looks heavenly.

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  117. I have made these about 4-5 times. They are a hit for each and every person that tries them. They are soo addicting! I love them fresh, warm and gooey out of the oven.

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  118. These are to die for! I have made them 4-5 times since I found this recipe in December. Everyone loves them and asks about them all the time. They are so addicting! I love them fresh, warm and gooey straight from the oven. Amazing!

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  119. I made this recipe off of food gawker around the holidays and they are AMAZING!!! By far my favorite cookies

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  120. Does this not work with the sugar free Alpine packets?

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    1. I've never tried them with the sugar free Alpine packets. It may depend on what kind of sweetener is in them as to whether they will work or not. If it's a sweetener that you can bake with, maybe. If you do try it, please let me know how they turn out!

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  121. any idea what the shelf life would be? I'm thinking of making them as a wedding favour for our fall wedding but don't wanna bake the day before the wedding!

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    1. Sorry- I can't attest to the shelf life of these, as they've always managed to disappear within a day or two. Maybe make a trial batch and test them out each day to see how they're holding up? That's probably your best bet. Or perhaps see how freezing affects them, either before or after baking. :)

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  122. sounds so yummy! can't wait to try! p.s. your recipe says to put the unwrapped carmel in the cookie dough ;-)

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  123. "Caramel with the wrapper off," maybe? :) Hope you love them!

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  124. Made these tonight and they were DELICIOUS! Thank you for such a perfect recipe :)

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  125. I joined a baking group where each month we have a secret ingredient. This month was cinnamon which led me to your recipe. I made them last night, and mailed them to my bakin friend this afternoon. My co workers also enjoyed the few I brought to work. Thank you for the recipe.

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  126. I just made these and they were SO good! We think they might be the best cookies we've ever had! Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you liked them. Now you've got me thinking about them- I may have to make some more! :)

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  127. These are delicious! I personally am not a fan of hard to chew caramel, so I think next time I might use caramel bits and mix them in like chocolate chips, which would also mean you get caramel and apple in every bite. They do taste amazing though!

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  128. I just made these, and I've eaten three... They're amazing! I used a different brand of apple cider, Werther's soft caramels and vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract, and they're to die for. Seriously! Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

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    1. So glad you liked them- I think the Werther's sound like a good idea. :)

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  129. I found this on Pinterest. I just made these and they are freaking amazing. First time I have ever made cookies and they came out pretty and didn't fall apart. I think I love you. Pretty sure I love you. -Ruby42

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  130. I just made these and my dough was EXTREMELY sticky. I had to wash my hands after every 4-5 cookies. I'm not much of a baker, so I followed the recipe exactly (or so I thought). Any suggestions for fixing the stickiness? TIA!

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    1. I wish I could tell you for sure what happened, but I'm not sure myself. Maybe it had something to do with humidity? Perhaps adding a bit more flour would help. My dough was a little bit sticky, but not too hard to work with. I hope you can make them work. :)

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  131. Hi, I'd love to make these but in my country we don't have cider powder. What could I use instead of it? As far as I'm aware, there are no apple products in powder form here (basically, all we have is apple sauce and apples). The nearest store the WalMart page could point me to was in Palestine, which is of little help for a Swedish dude. Do you think I could use No-Egg replacement powder and apple sauce instead of the eggs or something? What spices are in the cider powder? These look and sound completely amazing, I'd love to make them!

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    1. I don't have any of the apple cider mix here at home right now, but I'm pretty sure it is mainly spiced with cinnamon. I can't say for sure if the applesauce would work or not, but it would be interesting to try. I was thinking that maybe apple cider concentrate could be incorporated into the dough somehow. I've heard that you can make that by slowly simmering apple cider on a very low heat until it is thickened. Let me know!

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  132. I made these and was so excited, but unfortunately my caramels didn't melt at all! They stayed smack in the middle of the cookie, and almost fell out as hard as they were to begin with when I put them in! :(

    I don't know what I did wrong...I cooked them at 350 (and I have a thermometer in my oven too) for 14 minutes...

    The kraft caramels were at room temperature when I put them in the dough...

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    1. So sorry your caramels didn't cooperate. :( I've never had this problem before. Were your caramels the soft chewy kind? I've always used the Kraft ones that you can find in the grocery store, and have always had good luck with them. They harden back up after a few hours, but will soften up with a few seconds in the microwave. Susanne, in an earlier comment, mentioned that she used Werther's soft caramels and had good luck with them. You might want to try those next time. :)

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  133. I love these cookies, but as someone on a diet I had to wonder how they stack up when I'm counting calories. 131 calories a cookie with a slight bonus of 21% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin c. Not bad if you only have one, but honestly it's about standard for fresh baked cookies calories. It's too perfect for me to risk testing it with butter alternates. XD I guess I'm going to make them for sharing and just remind myself, I'm getting my vitamin c in with these.

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  134. Hi, I'd love to include these cookies in a feature on apple cider recipes on HuffPost Taste. Can we use your photo? We'll link back to you of course.

    Thanks,

    Joseph Erdos
    associate editor
    HuffPost Taste
    joseph.erdos@huffingtonpost.com

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  135. Made these for my family tonight--INCREDIBLE! everyone loved them. Tasted great, and there is something about the way that gooey center looks that makes them that much better. thanks for this!

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  136. these were good but next time I'm either hiding the caramels until baking time or using one less packet of cider mix! The cider ratio was a bit too strong - but then again all I got was 42 cookies because of a caramel shortage!!

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  137. My batter is in the fridge right now! I'm super excited to get these baking soon!

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  138. Just made these...and have to say they are AMAZING!!! Now will have to see if my oh so very picky charges (I am a nanny of the 3 pickiest kids ever) will try them. If not, I know several people who will take as many as I am willing to part with. Thanks to Pinterest, I have a new favorite cookie!

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  139. Made these cookies tonight...easy to make and the flavor is good, but my only complaint is the caramels do not spread through the whole cookie. It melts but stays in the middle. I dont know if I would make them again.

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  140. Caramel apple in a cookie?!?! The gooey caramel in the center, awesome! It is going in my "to bake" list!

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  141. made these a few days ago...they are reeallly good but got very hard after about 3-4 days sealed in a ziploc bag. when reheated, they get softer. even though i loved them i'd be nervous to bring them to a party since i wouldn't want to be responsible for someone losing a filling! i love chewy caramel but i wonder if there's any way to make these a little less chewy to bring them to a party...

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    1. The caramels do get hard after they sit awhile, and need to be warmed up a bit. I've been thinking about trying them with a homemade caramel to see if it stays any softer than the store-bought ones.

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  142. Love these! I've made them a few times and happy with the way they come out. But I just noticed that the caramel in your pictures seem to be more spread out within the cookies and mine don't as much. I'm still happy with mine, but wondering if you have pointers on how to make them more spread out.. thanks!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! You might try flattening the caramels out just a bit. I'm not sure if I did this or not, but it seems to me that it might help. Let me know!

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  143. I just made these and added a diced apple to the dough mixture and they are sooooo good!! Love this recipe!

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    1. The diced apple sounds like a yummy addition. :)

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  144. I tried out the recipe and they turned out fantastic right out of the oven. I put them into a zip lock bag to keep them fresh, but the next morning I rushed down stairswith excitement to open the bag and have one. Unfortunately they ended up being so hard..? The caramel after cooling became harder than fresh out of the wrapper and the cookies were also pretty hard. I was imagining to bite into a soft chewy cookie. The only way i found to somewhat save the cookie is to microwave it making it warm again but it just was not the same as when I first made them. Is there anyway around this? Maybe I did something wrong? I followed the instructions on here to a T, except for the salt. I did not add any because the butter I used was already salted.

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    1. The caramels do get hard. You might try reducing the baking time a bit to keep the cookies softer though. Vickie (comment below)used caramel kisses instead, and they stayed soft. :)

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  145. Try them with caramel kisses. With the caramels mine got hard too but the kisses didn't.

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  146. I just found caramel bits in the store.. Trying those in this recipe tonight..

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  147. I just made these this afternoon with my little grandkids, ages 3 and 5; they had a lot of fun wrapping the caramels in the dough. One thing I did differently, though: I sprinkled grainy turbinado (sp?) sugar and a little bit of grainy Kosher salt on each one and pressed the grains into the top of the dough before baking. It made them have that sweet/salty caramelly flavor that I just love.
    Kim in Utah

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  148. I am making these for my son's birthday party and was just wondering if you use the entire bag of caramels. Did you have more dough than caramels or vice versa?

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    1. If I remember correctly, they ran out just about even.

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  149. These are so fabulous! Thank you for sharing. I put my own twist on them & shared them on my blog: http://mdoublemcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/01/apple-cider-cookies-with-heath-bits.html

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  150. Just made these and they are, in fact, incredible! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  151. I made these a few weeks ago and OMG. They are amazing! Everyone loved them soooooooooooo much. I ended up having to make two batches of them. I'm sure I'll be having to make them again soon. Without a doubt some of the BEST cookies I've ever made!

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  152. Hi,

    Like all the other foreigners, I'm asking for replacements... So: Do you know Turkish apple tea? Could that be used for these? It's not tea, really, and the pic in linked apple cider package looks pretty much the same stuff.

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    1. I'm not familiar with Turkish apple tea, but it looks like it is a granulated apple drink. The apple cider is a powder that has a concentrated sweet apple taste, with spices (cinnamon and cloves perhaps). You could try the apple tea and see how it does in the recipe. The apple cider mix just gives the cookie dough a spicy apple flavor. Good luck! :)

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  153. I love these cookies and have made them several times. We moved into a new house a few months ago and I made the cookies for the first time since we lived here. They came out horrible! They weren't burnt but the caramel leaked out all over the cookie sheet and the cookies got all deformed and half of the batch got all crumbled just trying to detach it from the parchment paper. Do you have any idea why this could have happened? Maybe the oven temp is off? I love these cookies and don't want to gI've up making them!

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    1. Since you've made them before with no problems, and everything else was the same, I'd go with the oven temperature being off- that could definitely cause problems with the cookies. I hope you figure it out! :)

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  154. I have to say this is the best recipe I have found and it reminds me so much of the cookies I used to make with my mom. thanks for sharing. You can also check my page
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  155. I just made these, they are delicious! APPROVED!

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  156. These cookies really look good. I do believe that you need to treat yourself in moderation. I think i need to try these cookies this holiday season. I do have some tasty cookie recipe that i make to help reduce the calories.

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  157. these cookies look delicious, and i would love to make this, but here in Australia they don't sell apple cider mix. can you suggest a substitute (if you know of one? :)

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    1. I'm sorry but I really don't know what you could substitute for the cider mix! Here is a link to the kind I used.
      http://www.amazon.com/Alpine-Spiced-Apple-Instant-Original/dp/B002HQEMCW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1386909660&sr=8-3&keywords=apple+cider+mix
      Do you have Target or KMart? I've seen it in those stores here for much cheaper than the amazon price. Hope you find some!

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    2. thanks anyway! i will give target a go :)

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  158. I made these yesterday and they turned out PERFECT! They are so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

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  159. I have been sugar free for a couple of years now, and after having these cookies once with sugar, I was determined to find a way to make them sugar free! I have used the sugar free apple cider drink mix and a half and half mix of stevia and xylitol. They are wonderful! We also recently mixed up an icing for them made with cream, butter, xylitol, stevia and cinnamon. They add a little bit of oomph that you lose when you can no longer use the caramels. This is my absolute favorite fall recipe, so I thank you!

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  160. Yeah, these are awesome! So guilty, and so yummy! I made these for a family dinner and they were gone by the end of the night! I added some orange zest to the dough and rolled the cookies in cinnamon and sugar before baking. Wow, they were so good! Thank you for the wonderful recipe, I featured it on my blog: http://www.domestic360life.com/featured/caramel-stuffed-orange-infused-apple-cider-cookies/

    Cheers,
    Corey

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