Boiled Cider-Cinnamon Spread with Assorted Dippers

This is absolutely delicious and a perfect spread to make with homemade boiled cider. I have also included a number of dippers such as apple slices, toasted bread, pita or bagel slices to serve with this very yummy spread. I could not quit eating it and had to force myself to save it for guests who were coming. Your whole family will enjoy this unusual but very tasty dip.


When I first saw this King Arthur Flour (KAF) recipe I knew I had to make it. I love using boiled cider in recipes such Apple Snickerdoodles and Gene’s Favorite Apple Pie.  It just gives a recipe a more intense apple flavor, but definitely not overpowering.

Preparing this year’s Northern Spy apples for Thanksgiving using boiled cider and two pies from a previous year …

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Apple Snickerdoodles …

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So, what is boiled cider? It is pressed apples that are boiled until it becomes a thick and pourable syrup. It is tart, sweet and  apple-flavored. It adds a wonderful layer of apple intensity in so many different baked goods.

The darker version in the bottle below is from KAF and to taste it from a spoon was very strong.  The lighter one I made from 8 cups of boiled down cider and I preferred its taste. I am sure both would be excellent in this dip. The homemade version is a lot cheaper to make.

Boiling down the apple cider to get boiled cider…

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A thick syrup-like texture…


KAF version in the bottle on the left and my version on the right… DSC_7404

I’ve included a very simple recipe for boiled cider if you would like to make your own.

Boiled Cider-Cinnamon Spread with Assorted Dippers

2 cup recipe:

  • 1-1/2 cups cream cheese; I bought a 12 oz. container of the whipped variety and used most of it
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. boiled cider

Whip the cream cheese until it is light. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until well incorporated.

Serve with apple slices, toast, pita chips, bagels (see recipes below)

Boiled Cider:

In a heavy, large 6 quart Dutch oven bring 8 cups fresh apple cider to boil, reduce heat to medium and boil gently, uncovered, for 1-3/4 hours. Stir occasionally until the cider reduces to 1-1/2 cups.

Transfer to a mason jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. It will be a little thick, like syrup.

Toasted Bread: slice some good country bread or a baguette, brush with olive oil and toast under a broiler until lightly browned. How about  Overnight Crusty Baguettes; go here for my recipe.

Toasted Pita: Slice the pita bread horizontally and cut into wedges. Place on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and dried rosemary; or use any seasonings of your choice. Bake at 350°F about 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Would you like to make your own pita bread which is much better than what you can buy at the store? Then check out Julie’s recipe @

Baked Tortilla Chips:  Brush tortillas with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and/or any other seasonings and cut into wedges. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

These dippers can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days or you can freeze them.

Recipe by 

Everyone over at Fiesta Friday will enjoy this absolutely favorite dip/spread, especially Angie and her co-hosts; Kaila and Jhuls.

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This makes a nice gift along with some apples and homemade dippers.


22 thoughts on “Boiled Cider-Cinnamon Spread with Assorted Dippers

  1. I have never heard of this and it looks so good! I love the cider and we saw how to make it last time! This sounds so different to me and very good!! I love how you have prepared everything for us and we can make it all!! Wonderful!


  2. Judi, thank you so much for the link to my recipe! I think your cider looks much more palatable, and the cinnamon spread sounds amazing! I just love apple and cinnamon and now have to dash off to see Gene’s favorite apple pie. Also my favorite!


  3. What a fantastic snack to enjoy, Aunt Juju. I wish I have some in front of me right now so I could try it, too. 😀 Thank you for sharing! xx


  4. Ahh, now I know where I read about boiled cider. It was the KAF’s website and they added it to the apple pie for a more intense flavor. Will have to give that a try I guess 🙂


    • Don’t you love KAF? I have been a follower probably 40 years. I add the cider to my apple pie and it just gives it an extra boost. I am making the filling for 2 pies this weekend and freezing it to have over the holidays. Northern Spy is only available now 🙂


  5. What a great use for your boiled cider! I’m sure this spread will be a hit at the fiesta. I really need to get my hands on some boiled cider (or make some on my own) after reading about all the things you can make with it. Happy FF, and have a fabulous weekend! 😀


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