Bourbon-Spiced Apple Cider Cookies

Filled with real apple cider and chopped apples, these Bourbon-Spiked Apple Cider Cookies are moist and delicious. The Bourbon Glaze takes these cookies to another level and makes them the perfect cookie for the holidays.

Bourbon-Spiced Apple Cider Cookies
Makes 24 cookies
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (55 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups (300 grams) apple cider
  • 1½ cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • 1 cup (110 grams) finely chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) fresh lemon juice
  • Bourbon Glaze (recipe follows)
Bourbon Glaze
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) apple cider
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add egg and vanilla, beating well.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat cider over medium-high heat until thickened and reduced to 2 tablespoons, 10 to 15 minutes. (An instant-read thermometer should read no less than 150°F [65°C].) You can pour the reduced cider into a glass measuring cup to check the volume. (This transfer will also help the foam to subside.) Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes. (It will harden if cooled any longer.) Beat reduced cider into butter mixture.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. In a small bowl, toss together apple and lemon juice. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in apple mixture. Using a 1½-tablespoon spring-loaded scoop, scoop dough into balls (about 25 grams), and place 2 inches apart on prepared pans.
  5. Bake until golden brown but still soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Using a piping bag or spoon, drizzle Bourbon Glaze onto cooled cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Bourbon Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, bourbon, and apple cider until smooth. Use immediately.


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