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“Thankful” Apple Cider Cookies with Brown Sugar-Salted Caramel Frosting

There's so much to be thankful for, including these soft sugar cookies, sweetened with apple cider. The delightful hint of apple carries over to the brown sugar salted caramel frosting - also flavored with a splash of cider!


Recipe Details

  1. Cookie Directions — In a small saucepan on medium-high heat, reduce apple cider to ½ cup.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F and spray the wells of a heart molded cookie pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, beat butter and sugar until well combined. Beat in vanilla, egg, and reduced cider.
  5. Slowly beat in dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Divide batter evenly between the wells of the prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges of cookies are just beginning to brown. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
  7. Frosting Directions — Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium-high heat.
  8. Add brown sugar and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir regularly. When sugar reaches a boil, wait two minutes and then add cider. Continue to stir until the caramel returns to a boil. Remove from heat.
  9. When caramel is cool enough to touch, mix in powdered sugar and salt until smooth.
  10. Spread on cooled cookies.

Recipe developed by blog partner Stefani Pollack. Stefani is a full time writer and recipe developer and author of the internationally-acclaimed baking blog Cupcake Project.  Stefani believes that everyone can learn to bake from scratch. She makes baking approachable through clear instruction and lighthearted narrative. When she’s not baking or playing with her family, she loves dancing, hula hooping, and hanging upside-down.

2 thoughts on ““Thankful” Apple Cider Cookies with Brown Sugar-Salted Caramel Frosting

  1. these didn't come out great. i can't really see how the recipe is true; by the time you add the cider it's way too wet to form a coherent dough with just 1.5 cups of flour. i used more like 2.5 to 3 cups, then the cookie came out doughy and bland tasting. no such thing as a bad cookie; we will definitely eat them. but for the trouble you go through with the cider reducing, you don't even taste it.