Saturday, October 5, 2019

Appledoodles (Apple Cider Cookies)

Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled CiderLast fall, I was so intrigued by King Arthur Flour's recipe for Boiled Cider, that I immediately bought a gallon of cider to boil my own.  The concept is simple - apple cider is boiled down for hours and hours until it becomes a thick, sweet, amber-colored syrup that's only about 1/8 of its original volume, and the result is an intensely flavored apple syrup.


The flavor of the syrup is so concentrated that it's ideal for baking with, as it lets you add a lot of apple flavor into a recipe without adding too much extra liquid.  Boiled cider can be purchased, but it's expensive, so, although time-consuming, it's cheaper to make your own.  In addition to their recipe for boiled cider, KAF also has an article full of suggested recipes for using the boiled cider.  Those apple cider caramels sound mouth-watering...




Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled Cider

Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled Cider

Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled Cider




Besides drizzling some of the boiled cider over slices of ham last Christmas, and adding some to buttercream (of course), I also made a few batches of these cookies that I decided to call Appledoodles.

To create the recipe, I started with a recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies, substituting the boiled cider for the molasses, as well as a few other adjustments.  I also added a handful of oats and chopped pecans for texture and crunch, and they're so, so good.  They bake up with a slightly crisp exterior and chewy centers fresh from the oven, and soften more as they sit, making them the perfect soft and chewy cookie full of spiced apple flavor for fall.





Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled Cider

Appledoodles, Apple Cider Cookies, Fall Cookie Recipes, Boiled Cider Recipes, Baking with Boiled Cider





Appledoodles (Apple Cider Cookies)
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  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/4 cup for rolling the cookies
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup boiled apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and dark brown sugar for 4-5 minutes, scraping the bowl several times, until fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the boiled cider and vanilla.  Scrape the bowl down again and beat to combine well.

In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.  With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients by spoonfuls, mixing just to combine.  Use a spatula if you need to bring it together to incorporate all the flour.

Use a cookie scoop to portion the dough into balls.  Roll each ball in the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar.  Place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, and flatten each ball with the palm of your hand.  Refrigerate the dough balls while you preheat the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350.  Bake the cookies for 8 minutes (small cookie scoop) or 10 minutes (large cookie/cupcake scoop).  Cool on the pan for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Depending on the size of the cookies, this recipe yields 2-4 dozen.

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen

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