Just when I thought I was finished making Christmas cookies for the year, I realized Violet and I never made any to leave out for Santa! While I know she won't remember making them for the next several years, I will, and I love creating traditions with her.
While Skyping with my sister in Geneva, she told me I should make Apple Cider Snickerdoodles, she saw the recipe pop up in the Food Network's 12 Days of Cookies. It just so happened that I had 1/2 gallon of apple cider in the fridge to use up, these cookies were meant to be!
I strapped Violet in the Bjorn and we got to work!
These cookies were delicious. The apple cider added such delicious, fresh flavor, which can be hard to get in a cookie. Thanks for the recommendation, Becky! Santa loved these cookies.
Apple Cider Snickerdoodles
adapted from Food Network
1 1/2 c. apple cider
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter at room temperature
1/2 c. granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. apple pie spice (or 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/8 tsp. cloves, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg)
Preheat oven to 400*
Bring apple cider to a boil in a small sauce pot, reduce to medium and simmer until reduced to about 2-3 tbsp. of syrupy liquid.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar.
Scrape down sides, add apple cider and egg, beat until mixed well.
Add remaining ingredients except apple pie spice.
Beat on low until mixed dough comes together.
Mix 1/4 c. granulated sugar with apple pie spice in a shallow dish.
Break dough into walnut sized balls and roll in sugar, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment, and press gently.
Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake cookies for 12 minutes, cool on pan for 2-3, then on a wire rack until they're at room temperature.
Store in a cookie jar, or on a plate for Santa!