Apple Snickerdoodles

These cookies are crisp and scrumptious with a wonderful apple cinnamon flavor.  They are a perfect cookie to serve to the younger crowd on Thanksgiving when pies are not their choice of desserts.  Adults will enjoy them too.   I definitely favor this cookie over my other two snickerdoodles recipes.  This is another King Arthur Flour recipe and I can always count on them to come up with “keepers” and something different.   See also my recipe Snickerdoodles Two Ways where I give my recipe and a lower fat version  by Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa.

There are two ingredients that makes these cookies special.  Boiled cider and apple pie spice.  Boiling apple cider for a few hours turns it into a syrup like consistency called boiled cider or apple molasses.  It adds a wonderful layer of apple intensity to anything you bake.  Can be used in pies, cookies, cakes or muffins.  You can make your own, buy it at cider mills or King Arthur Flour.  See recipes below for boiled cider and apple pie spice if you would rather make them from scratch.

For a little history, boiled cider started as a way the settlers devised to preserve cider which lasted through the winter and into the next apple season.


Apple Snickerdoodles

  •  3/4 cup Crisco (or any shortening)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup boiled cider
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 400°F .  In a bowl, beat together the Crisco, butter and 1-1/2 cups sugar until smooth.  Add the egg and beat until combined.  Next add the boiled cider, baking powder, salt and flour and mix just until combined.

In a separate bowl mix together the apple pie spice with remaining 1/2 cup sugar.

Using a tablespoonful of dough, roll into a ball and then coat  in the sugar mixture.  Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, allowing 1-1/2-inches between them;  I  used my nonstick baking sheets.  Flatten each cookie until it is about 1/2-inch thick.  I used a 1-inch stainless steel scoop and all of the cookies are about the same size.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly golden.  Remove from the oven and cool.  Yes, I have frozen these for “Turkey Day” after eating a couple of course.  Cookies and cold milk 🙂

Makes about 3 dozen

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Comment:  You can either buy apple pie spice which includes cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice or make your own.  The following recipe comes from

Apple Pie Spice:

All of the seasonings are ground.

  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom (optional)

Combine above ingredients and store covered in your spice cabinet.

Boiled Cider:

  • 2 gallons of apple cider
  • 1 empty bottle of wine

In a heavy based pot boil 2 gallons of apple cider for 4 to 6 hours or until it fits inside a wine bottle.

I recently posted a smaller recipe, see Homemade Boiled Cider. Use 8 cups and boil down to 1-1/2 cups.

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