How to Make Perfect Spiced Apple Cider Cookies for Fall

The perfect combo of soft, chewy, and packed with fall spices. The cozy flavors of cinnamon, cloves, and apple cider blend perfectly to create an apple cider cookie you’ll obsess over.

They’re similar to molasses cookies yet delightfully different. Don’t forget to use boiled apple cider for that rich, concentrated apple flavor – it’s a totally essential ingredient for this cookie recipe.

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

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Cookie scoop or tablespoon
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • Make the dough. In a large bowl, beat together the shortening, granulated sugar, and egg with an electric mixer for 3-4 minutes until creamy. Add the boiled apple cider and continue beating until well blended. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice in another bowl. After that, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, 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 refrigerate for 1 hour. Towards the end of the chilling time, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and position a rack in the center of the oven.
    apple cider cookie dough in bowl.
  • Shape and roll. Shape the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll each ball in sanding sugar. Then, place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake and cool. Bake for 9-11 minutes, depending on your desired crispness at the edges. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to five days.

Notes

Make sure the egg and shortening aren’t cold before starting to help them mix into the dough more smoothly.
Boiled apple cider is just concentrated cider. You can buy it online or make your own by cooking apple cider in a saucepan without a cover until it’s 1/4 of its original volume.
Remember to chill the dough. Doing so helps prevent the cookies from spreading too much and keeps their shape while baking.
Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to make sure all your cookies are the same size to help them bake evenly.
Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

More Tips:

Make sure you scoop the flour into your measuring cup and even it out with a knife. This will stop the flour from being packed too tightly, which can dry out the cookies.

Be careful not to mix the dough too much, as this will make the cookies tough instead of soft and chewy.

Use an oven thermometer to check if your oven is at the correct temperature. Ovens can often be hotter or colder than the temperature shown on the dial.

Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake. They should be set and slightly golden around the edges, but still soft in the middle. They will become firmer as they cool down.

Serving Suggestions

These are best served with hot spiked apple cider, warm caramel sauce, fresh apple slices, and a cup of tea.

Here are some important items and ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies successfully:

ingredients on counter
  • Boiled Apple Cider. This concentrated apple cider, which can be purchased online or made at home by boiling regular apple cider, provides the cookies with a rich apple flavor.
  • Shortening. Using shortening instead of butter helps maintain the soft and chewy texture of the cookies. You can find it in the baking aisle of your local grocery store.
  • Sanding Sugar. This sugar adds a pleasant crunch and shimmer to the cookies. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use regular granulated sugar instead.
  • Cookie Scoop. A cookie scoop ensures that your cookies are all the same size, promoting even baking. You can purchase these at most kitchenware stores or online.

Using these tools and ingredients will help you achieve perfect cookies every time.

Here are some easy replacements for important ingredients in the Apple Cider Cookies recipe:

  • Shortening: Replace it with the same amount of unsalted butter.
  • Boiled Apple Cider: If you can’t find or make boiled apple cider, use apple juice concentrate instead.
  • Sanding Sugar: Regular granulated sugar can be used to roll the cookies.

These substitutions may slightly alter the texture and flavor, but feel free to experiment and see how you like the outcome!

Storage Instructions

To keep the cookies fresh, put them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Adding a slice of bread to the container can help keep the cookies soft.

To freeze the dough, shape it into balls, coat them in sugar, place them on a cookie sheet, and freeze until solid. Then, store the frozen dough balls in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake, add an extra minute to the baking time if baking from frozen.

To freeze baked cookies, let them cool completely, then keep them in a single layer in a freezer-safe container or bag. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. To enjoy, defrost at room temperature.

These cookies are the truly perfect treat for fall, bringing warmth and a touch of spice to your kitchen. Give them a try and enjoy the cozy flavors of the season.

Don’t forget to share them with friends and family, and let me know how they turn out for you.

How to Make Perfect Spiced Apple Cider Cookies for Fall

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2 Comments

  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!