Apple Cider Cookies with Maple Frosting – #CreativeCookieExchange

Bring a taste of the season into your home with these apple cider cookies. The cookies are soft & cakey with plenty of spiced apple flavor. They’re easy to make & absolutely irresistible when spread with our maple frosting.

Apple Cider Cookies | 2 Cookin Mamas These cookies fit the season perfectly. They're a soft, cakey cookie, with loads of spiced apple flavor & topped with a delicious maple frosting. #recipe

It’s been temptation heaven in my house this past week with all the chocolaty deliciousness I baked up for Choctoberfest. Well, guess what?  I have some more sweet tooth yumminess for you today because it’s time for our monthly Creative Cookie Exchange.

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This month we celebrated fall in all its flavors. What do you think of when fall rolls around with its cooler weather, changing leaves and plethora of holidays? My first thought is apples and apple cider, and a close second is pumpkin. Since I’ve done a few pumpkin recipes like Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Streusel Muffins and Pumpkin Chiffon Tart, I thought I would whip up an apple cider cookie and top it with more autumness (is that a word?), maple flavored frosting.

Apple Cider Cookies iced | 2 Cookin Mamas

Just the thought of apple cider brings back memories of weekend trips to the cider mill with my Dad. I always looked forward to the drive into the mountains, and enjoying the fall leaves, and once we arrived, the smell of fresh apples, watching the presses create the cider and, of course, the free samples. Now I’ll have to make do with the wonderful apple aromas coming out of my kitchen.

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I really wanted to use actual apple cider in the cookie instead of just a flavoring so I adjusted the amount of buttermilk in the recipe to be able to add the cider. The best way to get the most flavor is to reduce the apple cider to a molasses consistency. You don’t have to do this, I didn’t do it this time around, but it does taste absolutely 100% more appley (I’m making up words right & left today) with this method. Check in the note section of the recipe if you want to go all out and use the reduction method.

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The cookies came out just like I hoped,  soft and cakey with a decided apple spice flavor. And the maple frosting  just added the right finishing touch. Don’t forget to check out all the other delicious fall cookies from my favorite cookie bloggers below. Enjoy!

Apple Cider Cookies bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

More Fall Magic!

Chocolate Pumpkin Swiss Roll from 2CM

Maple Pecan Sticky Buns from 2CM

Cinnamon Apple Bread with Pecan Streusel from 2CM

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Bring a taste of the season into your home. These apple cider cookies are soft & cakey with plenty of apple & spice flavor. They're easy to make & absolutely irresistible when spread with our maple frosting.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Linda Warren



  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Maple Frosting

  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider
  • 2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple extract optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars together until light & fluffy.
  • Add buttermilk, cider & egg, blending well.
  • In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients, stir well. Add slowly, mixing well after each addition.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, place on ungreased cookie sheets leaving about 2" in-between for spreading.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should be a very light golden brown.
  • Let cool on wire racks.

Maple Frosting

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
  • Spread generously on cookies and allow to cool completely before storing in airtight container.


You can use 2 teaspoons apple pie spice in place of cinnamon and nutmeg in the cookie. To reduce apple cider: Place 1-1/3 cups in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, cover and cook for about 2-1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. When it is close to done it will start to look foamy. At this point turn heat down and watch carefully. When done, let cool and pour into jar & store in refrigerator. You'll have approximately 1/3 cup. If you don't use it for this recipe, try it as a sauce over meats, oatmeal or even an ice cream sundae.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg


One of the best things about fall–in addition to sweaters and football–is all of the delightful seasonal themes that come to mind for baking. Pumpkin, apples, late summer and early fall harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving…. They are all fun and delicious to play around with, so check out what we have for you this month!

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Apple Cider Cookies with Maple Frosting - #CreativeCookieExchange