Spiced Apple Cider Cookies

The cozy flavors of fall spices and apple cider combine to create your new favorite cookie.

If you love old-fashioned molasses cookies, you’ll love these too. The same, but different. 😊

close up view of crinkly apple cider cookies.

Apple Cider Cookies

Soft and chewy with crisp edges, this is a like a molasses cookie but made with apple cider. The perfect fall cookie.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Serving Size 30 cookies


  • cup boiled apple cider (see notes)
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sanding sugar for rolling the cookies


  • Make the dough. Beat shortening, sugar, and egg with an electric mixer together for 3-4 minutes. Add the boiled apple cider and beat until well blended. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Add to the wet ingredients, one-third at a time, mixing on low until just combined
    wet ingredients bowl and dry ingredients
  • Chill dough and preheat the oven. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour. Towards the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 375° with the rack in the center.
    apple cider cookie dough in bowl.
  • Shape and roll. Shape the dough into tablespoon-sized ball and roll in sparkling sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  • Bake and cool. Bake for 9-11 minutes, depending on how crisp you would like the edges. Cool on racks. Store in an airtight container for up to five days.


Boiled apple cider is simply a concentrated cider.  You can buy it online or make your own by cooking apple cider in an uncovered saucepan until it is 1/4 of its original volume. 
Like most cookie dough, this freezes very well.  Shape, roll in sugar, and place the dough balls on a cookie sheet.  Freeze on a cookie sheet for a few hours, then place in freezer bag and freeze up to a few months.  Add a minute or so to the baking time if baking from frozen.
You can also freeze fully baked and cooled cookies and simply defrost at room temperature.  

You’ll need the following for this delicious drop cookie:

  • boiled apple cider 
  • shortening
  • granulated sugar
  • egg 
  • salt
  • ground cloves
  • ground ginger
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • all-purpose flour
  • sanding sugar
ingredients on counter
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • cookie scoop or tablespoon
  • hand mixer or stand mixer
  • utes, depending on how crispy you want the edges. Cool them on racks. Store them in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

🥫 Storage instructions

The best way to store your cookies is in an airtight container. This will keep them fresh and delicious for longer. You can also freeze the dough balls before baking, or freeze the baked and cooled cookies. Just make sure that they’re well-sealed so that they don’t get freezer burn.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use regular apple cider instead?

Nope. Getting (or making!) the boiled cider is crucial to this recipe.

Can I use butter instead of shortening?

I think shortening is the best way to get a super soft and chewy cookie. But if you really aren’t a fan, substituting butter is fine.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Don’t overmix the dough: Overmixing the dough will make the cookies tough instead of soft and chewy.
  • Chill the dough: This step is important! chilling the dough will help to prevent the cookies from spreading too much while they are baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop: Using a cookie scoop will help to ensure that all of your cookies are the same size, which will help them to bake evenly.
  • Boiled apple cider is simply a concentrated cider. You can buy it online or make your own by cooking apple cider in an uncovered saucepan until it is 1/4 of its original volume.  The boiling process concentrates the cider and gives it a lovely deep flavor.

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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are absolutely delightful! I threw a tablespoon of mulling spices into the cider as it was boiling down and then threw in a cup of toasted pecans at the end. A new favorite for sure. Thank you so much, Katie, for your creativity and your clarity!

  2. 5 stars
    I made these, and they’re my wife’s favorite cookie now! I like this recipe because the apple cider reduction makes it an ‘off the beaten path’ specialty. They stay soft and fresh for longer than shown. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies, yum!