Nothing says fall like apple cider. We have a great cider mill nearby that has fresh cider and hot apple cider donuts 7 days a week in the fall months. Let’s face it though, Thanksgiving kind of marks the end of fall. Quite a few of our neighbors already have their Christmas lights up, and lit. So with Thanksgiving only one full day away now, and fall coming to an end, I felt like my time to revamp these Apple Cider cookies was waning. So even though we baked and ate plenty of cookies yesterday, I had to do it again today. Plus, I need cookies to actually have at Thanksgiving.
The stuffed cookies we made yesterday were just not as great as I had built them up to be. They were cloyingly sweet, and they didn’t hold up very well. Finicky, time consuming, and really just not worth it. Not to mention hard to eat.
I made a simple, but significant change to them, and ended up with White Chocolate Apple Cider Cookies.
(recipe oh so slightly adapted from Scrambled Henfruit)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider packets (by the hot chocolate) (NOT sugar free!!)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
A Mixer (you really cannot do this one by hand)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
3. With a mixer (handheld or stand both work), cream the butter, sugar, and all 10 Alpine Cider packets.
4. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Gradually add in the flour mixture. You will end up with a very stiff dough.
6. Mix in chips. You can do this by hand, but be careful. I lost a wooden spoon in the process.
7. Use a tablespoon to drop walnut sized balls of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
8. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Allow to cool! These actually taste better when they are cool. I know, you’re going to eat one warm anyway. Just try and save most of them for a little later.
The chocolate is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the apple cider, because the cookies are nice and sweet! Which is also why I increased the salt, yesterday’s version was missing some depth. Don’t feel like you have to stop at the white chocolate though! Some other good ideas for mix-ins: Walnuts, pecans, those little Kraft caramel balls (although that’s going to make them sweeter again). If you want to be fancy, a mixture of nuts and chocolate sounds promising!
The apple cider cookie base is so delicious, whatever you decide to put in them, should be a hit. This definitely has the potential to become a fall cookie staple!
(this is a rough draft, apologies. Some things I wanted to add are missing because my Internet is so slow tonight and I had to finish this on my phone. It should be completely updated tomorrow morning!)