Christmas Cookies- Apple Cider Caramel Stuffed Cookies

Last month I had the most delicious cup of apple cider (family recipe soon to come) and I thought to myself I wish I could bottle up this cider flavor and stuff it into a cookie. Why you ask? Because along with my apple cider I was also dunking a leftover sugarcookie into the cup and the flavor combo was outrageous. Seriously, spell inducing.

So with this new found flavor love I began my search for a recipe that fit this description. I do this a lot growing up with clothes, it used to be a pet peeve of my moms because I would draw up/imagine what type of dress I wanted to wear to Homecoming or Prom and then make us go out looking for it- mind you the dress might not physically exist but it did exist in my mind and so we had to “hunt” it down. It would take us trip after trips and hours after hours driving all distances (like 7 hrs to dallas to find that “special” dress) but dang it-find it I did or at least as close to it as you can get.

This is the case with my apple cider puff cookies. I found a recipe that somewhat fit the description and then twisted it all up until lo and behold it was perfect. The flavor of the apple cider with a chewy caramel stuffed into an unbelievably delicious piece of cookie dough is something you will never forget. It is like a mini apple pie cookie!

This is truly one of my favorite inventions yet and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Christmas Cookie Time- Apple Cider Caramel Stuffed Cookies
  • 1 sugar cookie dough Recipe plus
  • 1½ tsp Spiced Apple Cider Instant Drink Mix combined with the dry ingredients
  • For the filling:
  • 1 package of caramel pieces, unwrapped and ready to go!
  • Topping:
  • Caster sugar, cinnamon and sugar mix, lemon crystals
  1. Follow directions according to the sugar cookie recipe found here. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Roll dough into large individual balls and then place a caramel in the center. Roll the dough again through your hands to seal the caramel piece inside making sure there is none to be seen. Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes until lightly and slightly:) golden. Sprinkle with sugar crystals, cinnamon and sugar mixture or caster sugar and STUFF STUFF STUFF them into your mouth!


  1. Joanne

    Haha I totally did that with my prom dress! It drove my mom crazy.

    I’m so happy you imagined these cookies into existence. That apple cider caramel center sounds delicious!

  2. Bonnie

    If these taste half as good as they look, they are delicious! What a delightful combination of flavors.


  3. Alli

    I am so happy that you turned your vision into a reality. These look insanely good. I love the surprise of caramel. Yum.

  4. Erica

    mmm the caramel busting out of the middle of these looks awesome! Perfection! I want to stand by a fire and nibble on some of these 🙂

  5. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    These look so tasty! Love the caramel oozing out of the middles.

  6. daphne

    I love how you take inspiration from every day items.. And I do believe that using the caramel is a great idea- I don’t know you resist not eating all of them out of the oven!

  7. Alexis @ There She Goes


    i would love one of these right now with some coffee…a cider caramel center!!? amazzing 🙂

  8. Marina {}

    Awesome! I have never heard of such a thing – so you’re one brilliant mama!

  9. Greg

    These look incredible!

  10. Three-Cookies

    This sounds extremely creative. I am trying to imagine cider/caramel combination, I guess I need to try

  11. jo-lyn@jo-lyn's cup cakes n' candies

    Oh man! I just gained 20 of the 40 pounds I lost just lookin’ at these babies!! LOL WOW! Nom Nom Nom…

  12. sportsglutton

    This is my kind of cookie and I can absolute see how tasty this flavors are together. Great job!

  13. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Another delicious creation Jessica! You’re awesome!

  14. Collette Osuna

    I havent had any cider yet this season….Ill have to take care of that this evening…and of course put these sweet little cookies on my HAVE TO MAKE list:)

    Hope you are having a great Monday!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  15. Geni

    Must add these to my holiday cookie baking list. They look fantastic! What a great twist you invented!

  16. Caroline

    Brilliant!! I love apple cider and can imagine how incredible the flavor would be in a cookie. These are a must-make. 🙂

  17. Vianney Rodriguez

    This is Christmas in a cookie, great invention!! yummy!!

  18. val

    I’am going bonkers for this recipe!! Very creative and SUPER tasty looking.

  19. Pure Complex

    I am loving all your Christmas cookies and these Apple Cider Caramel Stuffed Cookies are definitely going to be made as well 🙂

  20. Mary

    Good for you – sticking to your guns – I;m so glad you did cause these look fantastic –
    Mary x

  21. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Oh man, I can’t believe I did all that cookie baking without this recipe! I want to make them immediately…and perhaps I will! They look amazing!

  22. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Your cookies look so gooey delicious…I’m sure they are a favorite on a cookie tray.

  23. yummychunklet

    I made these last year and they were delicious! However, yours turned out way better than mine. I made the mistake of eating one that hadn’t been warmed up. I think there’s still caramel stuck on my teeth.

  24. Kaci

    Those look amazing!!

  25. sara@domesticallychallenged

    I am game. I love me some carmel. And cookies. And stuff that is stuffed.

  26. Liz

    You won me over with the mention of caramel…and then those pictures sealed the deal! These are AMAZING!!!!

  27. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Mmmm … these look amazing and definitely I will have to try making these cookies this weekend. And I can relate to you about the dresses episode! I too drove everyone crazy looking for the perfect dress.

  28. lena

    splendid idea, splendid invention!! do you think new mums who has just given birth can work very well with their brains?! apple cider flavoured and centered with caramel, this must be such a hit in the house!!

  29. Teresa Blackburn

    I think this is a fine and dandy recipe. Simple, not to many ingredients and using familiar ingredients in a new way. I would love these with a hot cup of mulled cider. Thanks for sharing.

  30. nancy at good food matters

    A very clever invention, for sure! One of the more interesting cookie-combinations I’ve come across lately—and there have been hundreds and hundreds out there! stuff stuff stuff—yes ma’am.

  31. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    I would put on so much weight in your home with all of these magical festive treats.
    🙂 Mandy

  32. Kristy

    I love your determination Jessica! And I love these cookies. 🙂

  33. Bree

    Those look amazing!

  34. Shellie

    Um, that mama you drove crazy over the prom dress is now going crazy over this cookie….You are amazing.

  35. Amanda

    Those look like cookies I’m going to need to add to my Christmas cookie baking list!

  36. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    Those look great, Jessica! I’m all up for stuffed cookies especially when there is caramel inside! Want to try this. 🙂

  37. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh I love anything with caramel and these look like they would not last long around me!!

  38. Sook

    Mmm these cookies look fabulous! apple cider and caramel? They have to be good together. 🙂

  39. Candy

    What a great recipe! I do the same thing with clothes and recipes!

  40. Linda

    You are so clever!!! I love it!! What a surpise bite of gooey goodness in this cookie!! My family would love these cookies.

  41. Erin@ Cooking on Whim

    These look great 🙂 I love the variation– great minds think alike!

  42. Candace

    You never cease to amaze me. What a fabulous cookie, Jessica!

  43. Kate

    Yum, I love things filled with caramel! Reminds me of churros at my favorite Mexican restaurant that have hot, gooey caramel in the middle. SO good!

  44. kitchen flavours

    I can see that it is bursting with flavour! Looks delicious and very addictive! Wish I could munch on some right now!

  45. lisa {smart food and fit}

    Mmm, this look so amazing. Love caramel and apple cider!

  46. Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}

    oh my, what a great idea to bottle up some apple cider inside of one irresistible cookie. looks amazing, love that oozing caramel, yum!
    Can’t wait for the apple cider family recipe.

  47. Kavi

    You have a very beautiful blog! Simple, yet awesome photographs! I’ve been browsing your posts for the past 15 minutes and I’m actually drooling here! 🙂 Would love to include it in my event. If possible, please go through the rules of my event Jingle All The Way and link your post there.

    (Edible Entertainment)

  48. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I love caramels stuffed into cookies, especially apple cider ones. 🙂

  49. the good soup

    I’m so glad you found a match for your imagination, Belle. They look so good I’ve gone hunting for some caramels I stashed from a Christmas party last week!

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