Confession time: When I’m crazy busy and need easy cookies, I cheat and start with a bag mix. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Betty Crocker makes a bunch of them.
This is what I came up with:
What you’ll need:
- Sugar cookie mix
- Whatever ingredients called for in the above cookie mix
- Pouch of instant hot cider mix (I used this one. Regular cider isn’t concentrated enough)
- Caramel to melt (I like these.) and used about half a bag of them for one bag of cookie mix
- Mixing bowl
- Appropriate measuring spoons/cups etc
- Microwave safe bowl or double boiler (I used the double boiler pan because I’m afraid of the caramel burning.)
- A few tablespoons of water for the caramel
What you’ll do:
- Preheat oven according to instructions
- Put mix in your bowl
- Add powdered hot cider mix and stir into the powder
- Add rest of ingredients according to the instructions
- Mix well.
- Bake according to package. (Cookie tip: Once you can smell them, they’re generally almost done.) You want to take these out of the oven when the edges just start to brown, but the middles are no longer wet.
- Let cool. They don’t have to be totally cool, but you need to be able to handle them.
- While they’re cooling, you should start melting the caramel. This takes awhile. If you’re in a time crunch, start this when you start mixing the dough. I use my double boiler insert pan over boiling water.
- Boil water in small sauce pan. Put half a bag of caramel in the insert with a couple of tablespoons of water.
- Stir. Stir. Stir when it’s needed.
- Put the cooled cookies on parchment or wax paper. This is about to get sticky.
- When the caramel is melted, you can either drizzle it or spoon it over the cookies. If you’re daring you can gently dip them, but that takes a lot of time and patience. Use a spoon.
- Let the caramel dry/harden again and enjoy!
These can be stored in an airtight container if they last that long. (Ours were eaten quickly.) Be warned, they stick together so you might wish to put wax paper or parchment between layers if you’re going to store them.
They’re amazing. If you don’t want to cheat, this this recipe for Apple Cider Caramel Cookies sounds interesting too, but I haven’t tried it.
**No one paid me for mention in this post. They’re just the ones I happen to like. If they’d like to pay me, I’m open to it, but my ideas and opinions are always my own.**