Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

I’ve been avoiding blogging because I’m not sure the last few weeks of a crazy pregnant women should be documented.

You don’t really want to know that instead of craving chocolate I’ve been craving Glade Clean Linen carpet deodorizer. It’s definitely some form of pica. I have enough non-crazy genes left in me to actually abstain from eating it, but if I could I would. So instead of having dessert I find random reasons to sprinkle this on a 2×2 foot area of carpet and vacuum so that I can at least smell it. It has the same affect for me. Last pregnancy my pica problem materialized in the form of Lysol lemon disinfecting wipes.

…or do you really want to know that my baby girl has a mullet…in the womb.The one advantage of being high risk is that I get a detailed ultrasound every week. I asked yesterday if the baby had hair and the tech said, “Yes. In the back.”  Awesome. She’s all set for late nights with daddy watching Swamp People.

Do you really want to know that at the park last week a little boy kept trying to lift up my shirt to get his ball back?

…or that the only reason I go to the gym lately is so that I can look at food on Pinterest while I’m stretching. Nope. Didn’t think so.

But you do want to know about these cookies – another find on Pinterest that I’ve had on my “to-try” list. My friend Kaela sent them to work with her husband. Her husband and my husband work together and John thought they were so good he saved one for me and brought it home for me to try. These Caramel Apple Cider Cookies are full of caramel apple flavor with a surprise of caramel in the middle. The texture of the cookies is to die for. Almost good enough to make me give up my clean linen carpet powder.

I like mine heated up in the microwave for about 5 seconds to make sure the caramel is nice and gooey. I think they would be great with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Kaela’s food blog has a new location so make sure to check her out at Cookin’ and Kickin’.

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
Prep Time
22 hrs
Cook Time
22 hrs
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 7.4 oz box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix (10 packets - found next to hot chocolate mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 14 ounce bag of Kraft chewy caramels
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (you need this so that the caramel doesn't stick to the bottom of your cookie sheet).
  2. In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer, 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.
  5. Add vanilla and mix well.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
  7. Scoop out cookie dough ball about the size of a walnut (about 2 tablespoons).
  8. 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.
  9. Shape the dough into a ball, and place on parchment covered cookie sheets about 3 inches apart.
  10. Bake 11-14 minutes, or until very lightly browned around the edges. They may not look quite done in the center but that is OK.
  11. Once the cookies are done, carefully slide the parchment off of the baking sheet right out onto the counter.
  12. 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 on the parchment or on a cookie rack. If they are not upside down while they cool they may drizzle caramel out the bottom.
  13. Makes around 2-3 dozen cookies. Eat at room temperature or slightly warmed in the microwave.
Recipe Notes
Source: Cookin' and Kickin' ; original recipe The Original Photographer

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  1. We’ve missed you. I wish you the best of luck in these last weeks. Can’t wait to know her name!

    Those cookies look so delicious


  2. Oh YUM. I love the idea of caramel in the middle of my cookie.

  3. oh wow, I need to try this recipe. Not sure if I can find that apple cider drink mix, maybe I can tweak the recipe to add it as a liquid?

    Talitha xx

  4. That looks so yummy and sounds easy! I may have to try this to impress my hubby!

  5. cute post! i have these pinned as well and can’t wait to try them! jeanette

  6. ooh i love the look of those! chewy and gooey…yum!!

  7. hi! these cookies are delicious!!!
    I love your page 🙂

  8. These look soooo yummy!

  9. For me It was Comet Cleanser and chewing ice. Thankfully the smell of Comet was enough. My kitchen sink has never before or since been so clean! (I couldn’t reach across the bathtub to clean it)

  10. That is hilarious!! Doesn’t pica mean you are low on iron or something like that? Good luck with that!! I have 3 boys and am ready to have another but also being high-risk, just don’t want to go through another pregnancy! Hang in there!

  11. These look and sound delicious!

    FYI, I had to stop using the Glad because it was clogging the vacuum filter, but I couldn’t give it up, so I keep a container in closets to absorb moisture (and so I can still smell it). 😉

  12. These cookies look amazing. And I know it’s probably not a laughing matter, but you’re post is hillarious too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Although your cravings are weird, they aren’t really any weirder than mine. I craved Vicks Vapor Rub and those big thick striped Black Markers. I.could.NOT. get enough of them. I would hide them in my drawer at work and sniff each and every moment I thought no one was looking.

    They were looking.

    And almost had an intervention.

    I’m not kidding. 🙂

    Thanks for posting these cookies. I’m soooo making them because i am truly in love with apple caramel anything (and apparently vicks vapor rub and black markers)

    Happy end of your Pregnancy!

  14. I love your recipe. During the holiday season, I want to stack up on good cookie batches, you’ll never know who would be showing up at your doorstep…you’ll never know what kind of party you will end up preparing…you’ll never know what you will be craving for ( i am not pregnant, though so the cravings are not given much attention…)These cookies are just the right type. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

  15. These cookies look so yummy. Going to have to try these. I LOVE fall baking.

  16. Making these right now … Wow! The dough smells heavenly, and the cookies taste even better! They are super easy to make, too. I just texted some of my friends and told them they must make these. Stat!

  17. i love that ooey gooeyness inside!!

  18. Oye! These would be wonderful to have for Thanksgiving. But since I am doing low-carb right now and am hoping not to flub up that day, they will have to wait. They will likely show up on my Christmas cookie tray anyway!

  19. @Misha,
    Hahahahaha! Great. Now I’m craving black markers!

  20. Christy… my big obsession last pregnancy was Lysol lemon cleaner too (not necessarily the wipes, but the straight-up cleaner). I managed to abstain as well, but I mopped my floors and wiped my walls with it every day of my last month. Never cleaned so much in my life!!! 🙂

  21. Gah, put caramel in anything and I’m game!

  22. At least you’re not just wanting to eat enough for 6 instead of 2, like I did!! I hope everything goes well these last weeks!

    These cookies – wow! I wish I had one right now!!

  23. I have heard of much odder pregnancy cravings…

  24. I had these cookies at my DIL’s home during Thanksgiving. Omgosh..these are over the top good!

    Can’t wait to bake a batch this afternoon for my coworkers. Yeah..for me too!

  25. I am obsessed with the lemon lysol wipes and I am not even pregnant:-)

    These sound so different, but such a great combo, that I almonst can’t not add them to my cookie list for christmas….the dough sounds good just by itself.

  26. Yum! These sound great!

  27. My jaw literally dropped when I saw that first picture.

  28. These are delicious!! I also made them using Kraft Caramel Bits and they were just as good, but easier to eat when they aren’t warm!

  29. totally found this pin on pinterest too, so glad to find out it was really good! i saw it and totally wanted to make it immediately. yay!

  30. These are AMAZING!!!!! I just featured them on my blog as part of my Pinteresting Meals Challenge and have gotten rave reviews. I’m obsessed! I used Trader Joe’s fleur de sel caramels..which are so addictive by themselves.
    Thanks for another incredible recipe!

  31. Oh geez, these look heavenly as well! I just told my husband that we’re going to try/make a new pumpkin/apple recipe every weekend because we only have Fall once a year 😉 Hahaha. Currently am pinning almost all of your recipes. Don’t judge… I’m PMSing and hungry, lol! 😛

  32. Oh geez, these look heavenly as well! I just told my husband that we’re going to try/make a new pumpkin/apple recipe every weekend because we only have Fall once a year 😉 Hahaha. Currently am pinning almost all of your recipes. Don’t judge… I’m PMSing and hungry, lol! 😛

  33. @Steven and Kimberly,
    No worries. I’m always hungry and pmsing.

  34. These are amazing! They will be a staple in my fall baking. Thank you!!

  35. I loved this recipe and included it in an apple cider round up on my blog. Thanks for making and sharing this, it sounds fabulous! If you’d like to see the round up it’s here

  36. these are Absolutely AMAZING! Just got done taking these out of the oven. My new favorite. Love the batter.Never had anything like it. You’re right, Christy. This is definitely better warm. Do you know if they will freeze well? Or how many days can these keep in a sealed container. I am making ahead of time.

  37. @Hope,
    I’ve never had them long enough to see how they last…lol. I think they would freeze well and would keep in an airtight container up to two days for the best results.

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  39. Wow, these look so good! I don’t have an oven yet, but I’m planning on making these…

  40. I pinned these several months ago and was so looking forward to the gooey caramel! I made them tonight for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner and was sort of bummed. I love sweet things, but these are really really sweet [1 c of sugar, 10 apple cider packets, and caramel] so I would suggest cutting down on the sugar somewhere in there. Also if you put whole caramels in, make sure you let them cool for like 15-20 mins so the caramel doesn’t come out. I ended up cutting the caramels into 6-7 chunks and mixing them in to the rest of the batter. Ah well, the important thing is that I cooked something!

  41. Tried these today and the flavor was really good, but we had a problem with the caramel leaking out the bottom while it was baking and the cookies were a tad too soft and crumbly. Would adding a little more flour make the cookies chewier and denser?

  42. I just made these cookies to take home to my Family for Thanksgiving and they are amazing. They might not last the three hour drive home tonight…I followed the recipe to a tee and they turned out perfectly! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. Holy cow!! Just made these and they are the best thing I’ve had in a while. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  44. I made these over at my blog and I had better luck with werther’s caramels cut in half. I also love them warmed in the microwave 🙂

  45. These look amazing….but I have this bag of Kraft caramel “bits” that I’m wanting to use in a carmel-apple-cookie of some sort. Could I substitute those in for the big caramel in the middle do you think?

  46. Hello! I’m super excited to make these, but can anyone let me know how many cookies this recipe makes. Thank you! 🙂

  47. Dear Christy,
    I love your sense of humor , your sense of smell and your taste in food!!!

    I have a preoccupation with women’s and men’s fragrances!! I’m always mixing my own and then falling in love with myself!

    Thank you for sharing everything you do and keep us all up-to-date with that little sweet baby on her way!

  48. I tried these and they went completely flat in the oven.

  49. Yum!! I can’t handle these cookies! Pinned!

  50. Substituted half the sugar for light brown sugar, halved the caramel in each cookie and rolled the final 15 balls in cinnamon sugar before baking… Absolute perfection!! Glad I cut the caramel in half otherwise it would’ve been too much…