Apple Cider Cookies


Delicious Apple Cider Cookies inspired by the popular Washington State treat, Apple Cider Donuts. 

Makes 24 apple cider cookies


Things you'll need

Apple Cider Reduction
  • 3 cups of apple cider
Cookie Dough
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup reduced apple cider
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 yolk, room temperature
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup small cubed apple
Butter Mixture
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider reduction
Spiced Sugar Mixture
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
Vanilla Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon milk

Let's get started!

  1. Apple Cider Reduction: In a medium saucepan, simmer 3 cups apple cider until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 30-60 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Cookie Dough: In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat stirring constantly until golden brown, 5-10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. 
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together the cooled brown butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  6. Add the egg, egg yolk vanilla and reduced apple cider to the sugar mixture and whisk until combined. 
  7. Using a spatula, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the flour disappears. 
  8. Fold in the cubed apple until evenly distributed. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. 
  9. Butter Mixture: Melt the butter and combine with the reduced apple cider.
  10. Spiced Sugar Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
  11. Using a pastry brush, brush butter mixture on top of each cookie. Dip the tops of cookies into the spiced sugar mixture. 
  12. Icing: Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the tops of the cookies. 




Written By Rosanna Pansino

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