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Cider Cookies

Great thing about a batch of cookies in the dessert mix at Thanksgiving, there are leftovers to enjoy late night with a cup of tea, or next afternoon coffee break.

Use any apple you love the flavor of in this recipe, but choose from the eater/bakers like honey crisp, gala, pink lady, macoun, jonagold, cortland.

Apples can be juicy, but need to stand up in baking.

Get the rest of Rachael’s Essential Thanksgiving Recipes here.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup pecans, finely ground
  • 1 cup grated apple (honeycrisp, large grate)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider


Preheat oven to 350° F

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, pecans, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and set aside

In a large bowl mix cream, sugar and butter at medium speed until fluffy

Add egg, beat

Gradually add flour, beat after each addition

Add apples and cider, beat at low speed until combined

Drop batter by heaping tablespoon 2” apart on parchment lined baking sheets

Bake 20-25 minutes

Remove parchment with cookies from baking sheet onto wire rack

Cool completely on parchment before removing

Rachael Ray