Last week, we attended the Thanksgiving Celebration hosted by our church, New Hope Christian Fellowship, I made an apple cider drink that was quite popular. So, I thought I would share it with you. It was rather scrumptious, if I do say so myself! This is a crockpot recipe, so if you want to make this for church or any get together, just put it in the crockpot on low or on warm all night for the next day's event.
Caramel Apple Cider
1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 whole cloves
6 whole cloves
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 inch cinnamon stick
1 orange slice
Garnish: 1/3 cup caramel
ice cream topping
Combine all ingredients except caramel topping
in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6
hours, or if you are keeping it on all night, I suggest
putting it on warm. Discard cloves, cinnamon and orange slice.
Pour in mugs and drizzle with a teaspoon of the caramel topping. Yum Yum!
How about some caramel apple cider cookies to go with it? I could probably eat this whole plate full if I'm not careful!
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 box (7.4 oz) Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Original Instant Drink Mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour1 (14 oz) bag caramels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
In a bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Cream butter, sugar, salt and all 10 packages of the apple cider mix until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl if necessary. Add vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Scoop dough into balls, 2 TBS each, and slightly flatten in palm of hand. Place caramel in the middle of dough, and seal all the way around. Make sure the caramel is sealed completely. Reshape dough into a ball and place on prepared cookie sheets, about 3 inches a part.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden around the edges. Carefully slide the parchment paper off of the cookie sheet and allow cookies to cool slightly, then gently twist off of paper and allow to cool completely upside down on cookie rack. Makes approximately 4 dozen.
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