Remember way way back, when I said I was gonna post some recipes? The Poptarts were a hit but then I went to school and setting aside time to bake isn’t too easy. Sooooo every time I’m home on break I try to bake something. Some people relieve stress or relax by painting, reading, or going running. I do it by baking. It’s like therapy haha. I have been on fall break since Thursday and took advantage of the time to not only blog but make something sweeeeeeeet.
Given that fall is my favorite season, there was no way I was gonna pass up an opportunity to bake autumn into a cookie or cupcake. So here we are. Yesterday I made Caramel Apple Cider Cookies. Yeah, they were the bomb. Because I know most of you are probably just gonna skip down to the pictures and recipe I’ll keep my description of them to the point.
These puppies are gosh-darn good. They taste just like apple cider with a small kick of sweet caramel! To all you chocolate lovers, these probably won’t satisfy your craving, but they’re somethin different when you need a change of pace.
*I didn’t create this recipe but I did modify some parts. You can find the original here.
A few notes:
– The original recipe calls for unsalted butter and a 1/4 tsp salt, but I just used salted butter and cut the salt from the recipe.
– The original recipe says to bake the cookies for 12 minutes so they are under-done. I would suggest baking them for 9 minutes and and then check them every minute or so. When I cooked them for 12 min. they were too brown.
– I really love caramel and wouldn’t have mind if there was a little more caramel in the cookie. If I were to make them again, I would probably drizzle caramel on top.
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
Preheat over to 350 degrees.
1 C salted butter, room temperature
1 C sugar
1 7.4 oz box of Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix (not sugarfree) = 10 packets.
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon
3 C all-purpose flour
1 C caramel balls
1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add butter, sugar, salt & all 10 packets of apple cider mix. Beat until smooth and fully incorporated. Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon then mix on low. Add the flour a 1/2 C at a time until just mixed in. Toss in caramel balls. Mix until combined. Don’t overmix.
2. Scoop dough into 1 inch balls, place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes. They will be light in color – if you cook too long, they’ll be hard. Slightly undercooked is perfect.
3. Remove from the oven, let sit for a minute, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
I’m forcing myself not to eat them all! That being said, they will be coming back with me to the Grove! Come by the room and help Jeni and me eat these! 🙂