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Frosted Apple Cider Cookies

The perfect cookie to celebrate the start of autumn!

Frosted apple cider cookies

I don’t know about you, but I love fall! It’s my absolute favorite season. While I’m a fan of pumpkin spice, my true love is anything sweet, tart, and appley. Apple cider donuts, caramel apple brownies, candied apples, you name it, I’ve probably tried it! That’s why I was so excited to find these apple cider cookies!

See how easy these cookies are to throw together in the video below!

Frosted apple cider cookies

To get started on this delicious fall treat, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.

In a separate large bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, shortening, and sugar with a mixer for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and applesauce, mixing to combine. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.

With a medium scoop, drop spoonfuls of batter onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Frosted apple cider cookies

While the cookies cool, prepare the frosting. In a pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar and milk. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in butter, spiced apple cider drink mix, and salt.

Add confectioners’ sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. If the frosting seems too thin, add a bit more confectioners’ sugar. Use about 1 tablespoon of frosting for each cookie. The frosting will firm as it cools, so work quickly to frost your cookies. Top with chopped pecans before the frosting sets.

If you’re ready for a fall treat, these cookies hit the spot!

Frosted apple cider cookies

Makes 24 cookies

25m prep time

10m cook time

4.5
Rated 4.5 out of 5
Rated by 11 reviewers
Cookies:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 cup chopped pecans - optional
Apple Cider Frosting:
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 packets spiced apple cider instant drink mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, shortening, and sugar with a mixer for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs and applesauce, mixing to combine.
  4. Slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  5. With a medium scoop, drop spoonfuls of batter onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While cookies cool, prepare the frosting. In a pot over medium heat, combine brown sugar and milk. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in butter, spiced apple cider drink mix, and salt.
  7. Add confectioners' sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. If the frosting seems too thin, add a bit more confectioners' sugar.
  8. Use about 1 tablespoon of frosting for each cookie. The frosting will firm as it cools, so work quickly to frost your cookies. Top with chopped pecans before the frosting sets.

Recipe adapted from Inspired by Charm.

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