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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider

 Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider
Spiced with cinnamon sticks, allspice and caramel, this warm-you-up sipper is sure to chase away winter's chill. Serve brimming mugs of the hot beverage alongside a platter of festive cookies at your next holiday gathering. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
12 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup caramel flavoring syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • Whipped cream, hot caramel ice cream topping and cinnamon sticks (3 inches), optional

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the apple cider, caramel syrup and
  • lemon juice. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds; add seeds to cider
  • mixture. Place the bean, cinnamon sticks and allspice on a double
  • thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with
  • string to form a bag. Add to cider mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Discard
  • spice bag. Pour cider into mugs; garnish with whipped cream, caramel
  • topping and additional cinnamon sticks if desired. Yield: 12
  • servings (3/4 cup each).