Saturday, December 27, 2014

Caramel Apple Cookies

When there's a chill in the air and the Apples are ripe on the trees, enjoy the flavors of those Fall apples in a cookie.
I grew up in Michigan with an Apple Orchard at the end of our street. It was an annual event for our family to visit the Cider Mills too. My grandmother lived in Up State New York and had an Apple Farm. Apple Pie, Apple Cider, Caramel Apples and Apple Cobblers were all popular in Fall and Winter when we visited our grandmother.
Here's a recipe that evokes all of those flavors, in a cookie.

Caramel Apple Cookies:

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Sheet Pans lined with Parchment Paper  (Parchment is an important part of this recipe)
You can't use Sugar Free Cider Mix! This is an important part of the recipe too.

2 sticks (16 TBS) Butter, room temperature
1 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 - (7.4 oz.) Box of Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix. (10 packets)
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Allspice
1 - 14oz. bag of Kraft Caramels

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
10 Packets of Cider Mix
Beat just until combined.
Eggs, one at a time.
Mix just until combined.

In a medium mixing bowl:
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Whisk together by hand.
Gradually add this to the wet ingredients in the mixer.
Beat just until combined.
Don't over mix the dough.

Use a 1 3/4" Cookie Scoop and scoop out the dough for each cookie.
Flatten the dough just enough to add 1 caramel in the center of the dough and seal the dough around it, completely.
Place them 2" apart on the Sheet Pan.
Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. (check at 12 minutes, it should be enough time) you don't want to over bake them.
When they're done, gently slide the Parchment Paper, along with the cookies, onto the counter or a Cooling Rack.
Allow them to cool, just until they're no longer soft, but still warm.
Gently twist the cookies to release them, turn them upside down on the Parchment Paper, to cool completely.

Peace in the Kitchen!


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