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Apple Cider Cookies with Caramel

Apple Cider Cookies are soft, muffin-like cookies stuffed with a little caramel surprise. These fall cookies are best served with a glass of cold apple cider or a mug of hot cider!

Head-on view of an apple cider cookie cut in half with caramel oozing out with a stack of more cookies and glass of apple cider in the background and recipe title at top

(This recipe for Apple Cider Cookies was originally published in November 2011, but has been updated with new photos and content in 2018.)

Raise your hand if you had candy for dinner last night. Or at least an excessive amount of candy after dinner. If your dinner involved any sort of vegetable, you’re excused. Halloween comes but once a year, so you may as well enjoy it. Of course, if you have leftover candy or a large trick-or-treat haul, the holiday may be sticking around for quite some time.

Last year, Chris and I had candy for like 8 months after Halloween. I blame it on the fact that he bought too much fruity candy (Laffy Taffy? Who did I marry??) and not enough chocolate.  I was in charge of Halloween candy this year and bought all chocolate. I also bought far too much due to the fact that I had a 20% and 30% coupon at CVS and I was nervous we’d run out. We didn’t. And now I’m in a danger zone.

So, with all that candy talk out of the way, let’s talk cookies. I probably should have posted something healthy-ish today, but I figure that while everyone’s sugar addictions are in full force, I may as well sneak these in. Muhahaha. I feel like Halloween totally starts eating season (my favorite season!), so now it’s on and you should spend your first day of November making these Apple Cider Cookies with Caramel.


I can’t get enough apple cider in the fall and caramel is such the perfect complement to it. Honestly, I’d love these cookies as plain old apple cider cookies, but add in the caramel and it’s fall heaven in dessert form.

There’s apple cider in the batter (duh) and a caramel stuffed in the middle of each cookie. The first time I made these, I used those little square caramels that are such a pain in the butt to unwrap. But I could only find Werther’s Soft Caramels this time, so I went with those instead.

I almost cut them in half since they’re a little larger than the squares (longer, but not quite as fat), but then I just decided to go with the whole thing. YOLO. You could also add a little spoonful of real caramel if you wanted to go that route instead and the middle would be more ooey-gooey and less caramel chewy.

Collage showing process for making apple cider caramel cookies, including cookie batter in bowl, cookie batter with caramel on top, and cookie batter formed into ballSince it hasn’t been too chilly just yet (until literally last night when the weather decided to take a nosedive), I ate these apple cider caramel cookies alongside a nice cold glass of apple cider. But when I enjoy a couple after dinner tonight (assuming I can keep my hands out of the Halloween candy bowl the rest of the day), I’ll probably make some hot cider, which sounds so incredibly divine… I say as I sit here shivering.

Or perhaps I’ll turn the gas fireplace on full force and make this Apple Cider Bourbon Slush instead. Bad idea?

Head-on view of five apple cider cookies stacked on each other with glass of apple cider in background and pile of wrapped caramels in front

These are soft pillowy apple cider cookies; almost like muffins, which you can probably gather from some of the closeup shots. They’re perfectly spiced and taste just how you think fall should taste. Minus the leaves.

The caramel does sink to the bottom of the cookie, but it shouldn’t come out of the cookie or make the cookies stick to your parchment or anything.

Landscape close-up view of an apple cider cookie cut in half with caramel oozing out with stack of cookies, apple cider, and caramels in the background

Hopefully we can manage to get through November without any snow…. are you with me on that? I love a little New England snowstorm for the holidays, but once it starts, it legit doesn’t go away until April and I can’t bear the thought of 6 months with gross brown snow everywhere.

Though something tells me that these cookies would also be delightful with a mug of hot cocoa after playing in the snow all day. Just kidding, I don’t play in the snow unless my dog forces me.

Head-on view of an apple cider cookie cut in half with caramel oozing out with a stack of more cookies and glass of apple cider in the background

Want to hear something funny? I originally published this recipe on this very day of November way back in 2011 (I made a few edits to it here and obviously shot new photos and wrote new copy). Clearly, these Apple Cider Cookies are on constantly on my mind after Halloween.

But back in 2011, it actually snowed on Halloween weekend… Like a blizzard! Chris and I almost got stuck driving home from our friend’s Halloween party. It’s hard to believe that was six years ago! So, for now, I am thankful it feels like fall and not winter. I’ll cheers to that with a glass or apple cider and an apple cider cookie or two.

Seriously though, how much candy did you eat last night?

For more fun recipes involving apple cider, try my Apple Pie Ice Cream with Cider Caramel and my Apple Cider Bourbon Slush. I also can’t wait to indulge in this Caramel Apple Cider from Mr. Farmer’s Daughter!

5 from 6 votes
Apple Cider Cookies with Caramel
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
26 mins

Apple Cider Cookies are soft, muffin-like cookies stuffed with a little caramel surprise. These fall cookies are best served with a glass of cold apple cider or a mug of hot cider!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Recipes, Caramel Desserts, Cookie Recipes, Fall Cookies
Servings: 14 cookies
Author: Sues
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 14 wrapped caramels
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer or a wooden spoon), cream butter together with both sugars.

  4. Add egg and mix to combine. 

  5. Add half of the cider and half of the flour mixture to the bowl and mix until just combined. Repeat with the second half of the cider and remaining flour mixture. Take care not to over-mix.

  6. Take about 1 Tbsp of batter and form a ball with it (batter will be a bit sticky). Place a caramel inside and roll the dough around it. Put cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

  7. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, until just starting to turn golden around edges. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.

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25 Responses to "Apple Cider Cookies with Caramel"

  1. Kelly says:

    Those look tasty. I love the idea of using apple cider in a cookie. You’re making me think it would be tasty to reduce it down for an even stronger cider flavor.

  2. Erica says:

    Oh my gosh- what a yummy creation! I am an apple fanatic. My sister was without power for a few days-it finally came back mid day today

  3. Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says:

    These cookies sound delicious! Perfect for fall… even though it felt more like winter this past weekend ;). I’m sorry to hear about your car – hopefully the damage isn’t too severe!

  4. Melissa says:

    Oh YUM! I’m definitely making these next week! Sorry your car got squished, Sues! Brookline got let off the hook, I thought.

  5. sweeter salt says:

    I love the idea of the caramel in the middle – yum!


  6. emily @ the happy home says:

    i don’t have the same christmas willpower that you do, but i appreciate the apple-y goodness that’s happening in these cookies!

  7. Erica @ In and Around Town says:

    Love the caramel topper! Such a good surprise

  8. brandi says:

    yes, please! you can mail these to me 🙂 maybe they’ll make my cold go away.

  9. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) says:

    the little hidden caramel makes these cookies perfect! Wow.

  10. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    Love the little caramel surprise in the middle!

  11. janetha says:

    Ohhh–these are going directly onto my TO MAKE list!

  12. Michelle says:

    I can relate to your parents as I didn’t have power for a few days in Andover either!

  13. Anna says:

    I just made these. They’re TO DIE FOR.

    I used baking powder (it says baking powder in the ingredient list and baking soda in the directions). Turned out lovely.

  14. Sarah says:

    As luck would have it there were bags of leftover Halloween caramels at the drugstore checkout and I have everything else at home. Can’t wait to try these.

  15. vanillasugarblog says:

    i would eat that whole plate! For I am a caramel & apple junkie. Love these girls!

  16. Susan says:

    Aaah, sorry about your car! Also, those cookies look amazing.

  17. Anna` says:

    I’m the Anna who made the cookies above.

    My boyfriend and I tried something different with the idea. We made the batter, but didn’t put the caramel IN the cookie. Instead, we added butter to the caramels and melted them in a double boiler, then drizzled that over the baked cookies. Much better 😀

  18. Lexi @ Sempre Dolce says:

    These cookies look so soft and perfect for fall! And we definitely have a candy crisis over here… thanks rainy weather! ;D

  19. Vaughn says:

    love the caramel! and a new use for apple cider

  20. Tina Lindquist says:

    Oh my heck! I’m in, ’nuff said;P That is really creative, thanks for sharing this.

  21. Emily says:

    These sound like the ultimate cookies for Autumn, saving this recipe!

  22. David @ Cooking Chat says:

    looks like a tasty fall treat! I’d take a homemade cookie like this over candy!

  23. Laura says:

    Great cookies for candy lovers, plenty of sweetness.

  24. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    Love that these are stuffed with caramel! I’m stoked for eating season too 😉

  25. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    What a fun surprise in the middle of these cookies! So perfect for dunkin’ 😉 P.S. Fingers crossed for no snow!

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