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Apple Cider Cookies Recipe – How to Make it in 20 Simple Steps

If you need a last minute bake sale contribution, these Apple Cider Cookies use ingredients that you may have on hand, saving you an unplanned trip to the store. Loaded with apple flavor, along with brown sugar and cinnamon, and topped with icing, these cookies will become a favorite.

Apple cider cookies garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Have you ever had the experience of one of your precious children forgetting to mention something like a class bake sale or party until the very last minute? Perhaps you are the forgetful one, and only remembered after dinner that you need to bring something to a potluck luncheon at work the next day.

Nobody wants to make a grocery run at eight o’clock at night, and yet, these things do happen. This recipe for Apple Cider Cookies is actually one that includes ingredients that many people have on hand most of the time. This can save you the hassle of having to run out for cookie supplies, and the cookies are delicious as well.

Apple cider cookies garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Apple Cider Cookies Recipe

April Freeman
What pairs better with the flavor of apples than cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg? This recipe for Apple Cider Cookies takes the taste of delicious apple cider and makes it into a soft, frosted cookie. These treats will be perfect for dessert, for a potluck dinner at the office, or just for an afternoon snack with the kids.
Prep Time 20 mins
Baking Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 18 Large Cookies


  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Electric Mixer
  • Ice Cream Scooper
  • Wire whisk


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks Softened Butter
  • 1 pc Egg
  • 1 pc Small Apple
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider

Icing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Softened Butter
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Apple Cider


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, combine the butter with the brown sugar. Beat these ingredients together until they are creamy.
  • Add in the egg and mix well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl that holds the butter mixture. Mix well.
  • On a small cutting board, chop the unpeeled apple into small bits. You basically want the pieces to be diced into half-inch pieces.
    The apple is cut into small slices.
  • Add the apples to the mixing bowl and stir well.
  • Next, add the apple cider and mix it thoroughly. The mixture will be smooth and creamy at this point.
    The ingredients are mixed in one bowl.
  • Using a large scooper, (we basically used an ice cream scoop) spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet.
  • Space the dough balls about 2 inches apart. These cookies will be quite large, but that’s half the fun!
  • Bake the cookies for 18 to 20 minutes. They will begin to grow quite dark, but don’t worry. The brown sugar makes a darker cookie than those made with white sugar.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and use a spatula to scrape them off onto a plate or wire rack.
  • Let the cookies cool for about half an hour before adding the icing.

Icing Instructions

  • Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave for about 25 seconds.
  • Remove the butter and place it into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Using a wire whisk, combine the powdered sugar with the butter.
  • Add the apple cider and whisk it well until the icing is slightly runny.
  • Ice the completely cooled cookies, spreading the icing to the edges of the cookies.
  • Let the cookies sit out until the icing hardens.
  • When the icing gets hard on top, you can store them in a container with a tightly fitting lid.
    A plate of freshly-baked apple cider cookies.


Our recipe uses apple cider as a necessary part of the cookie, something that you may not generally have on hand in your kitchen. Of course, if it’s late at night and you won’t be going out to the store, you can substitute apple juice for the cider. There is really not a huge difference between the two beverages.
Apple juice is made from apples that are pressed, and then the resulting juice is filtered and pasteurized. Apple cider is made from apples that are chopped into a coarse mash. The juice is then taken from this pulpy mash and bottled. Generally, this liquid is not filtered or pasteurized. Sometimes, apple cider may include some wild yeasts which can lightly ferment the cider over time.
Sometimes, manufacturers may include spices in their cider, in which case the label may read “spiced cider.” If this is what you have on hand for this recipe, feel free to use it. The additional spices will only accentuate the flavor of these cookies.
You can use almost any kind of apple in this recipe. The apple bits are chopped to a coarse dice, so it doesn’t matter how much they may break down when they are baked. You can leave the peel on the apples before you dice them. The colors of the red, yellow, or green apple peel add a bright pop of color to the finished cookies, and they give the cookies an interesting texture as well.
Keyword Apple Cider, Cookies, Dessert, Recipe

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