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Monday, October 22, 2012

Indulgent Mouthfuls: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

If you've ever taken a look at my pinterest, you already know my obsession with anything that Julia Child would put into her mouth. I'm a huge health nut, but when it comes down to pinning things, the more butter and sugar - the better! Baked goods are the ultimate bliss (i.e. Indulgent Mouthfuls) and carbs are my forté. Thankfully, I'm too busy making reservations to even bother to cook any of this nonsense, but I still like to browse.

This weekend however, I found an amazing recipe for Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies off of Scrambled Henfruit's blog that I'm determined to try! My boyfriend is crazy for caramel and so is my Dad, so this will be the perfect way to bake a batch and feed them off fast.

These are perfect for chilly nights with some spiked apple cider or mulled wine. I know I'll be sure to sneak a few bites along with my sips...

  • 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, 10 packets
  • 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)

  • 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.

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