(adapted from this recipe)
1 cup butter - softened
1 cup Domino light (sugar & stevia blend)
1/2 tsp salt
1 box (7.4oz) Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Original Drink Mix - all 10 packets (can be found near the hot chocolate mixes)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
1 bag (11oz) + 1/3 cup Kraft Premium Caramel Bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, salt, and cider mix. Mix until light and fluffly. Add in both eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking powder, mixing until well incorporated. Gradually add in the 3 cups of flour, blending well. Finally add in the caramel bits until just combined.
Drop dough in tablespoon sized balls onto the lined baking sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes until the cookie bottoms barely begin to brown. Let cool on baking for several minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Makes over five dozen cookies.
These cookies are fabulous: more taste than a sugar cookie but not as heavy as a chocolatey cookie. I will definitely be baking these again during the cozy fall season!