Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies

by Kate on November 7, 2014

Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies -

I have a new love. Boiled cider! Have you ever had boiled cider? It’s a reduction of apple cider to a syrup that imparts a ton of fresh apple flavor into whatever you add it to. My favorite way to enjoy boiled cider is over warm, fluffy pancakes. My second favorite way to enjoy it is in these Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies. In these cookies, the brown butter and warm spices are the stars of these unique cookies but that boiled cider adds an apple undertone.

Brown butter makes these cookies have a deep, almost nutty flavor. The addition of some of my favorite cool weather spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice make these cookies spectacular with an afternoon cup of coffee and special enough to add to your holiday cookie trays. The dough comes together easily and bakes up quickly so these cookies won’t keep you tied up in the kitchen all day either. Soon enough you’ll have a warm, irresistible brown butter boiled cider spice cookie to nibble on and trust me, you won’t want to stop.

Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies -



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Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen

Brown Butter Boiled Cider Spice Cookies

Nutty, brown butter spice cookies with apple undertones, perfect for your holiday baking!


  • 12 tablespoons butter, browned and cooled
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons boiled cider
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together brown sugar, granulated sugar and cooled brown butter on medium speed. Add the eggs, boiled cider and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined.
  4. Slowly add flour mixture and mix until combined on low speed.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara | Creative Culinary November 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Did you see my post for boiled cider? Not hard to figure what I did; it was a cocktail of course but I also love it in or on baked goods. It’s is SO good. Tempted to mix some boiled cider with caramel and ‘invent’ caramel apple sauce! 🙂


Kate November 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Boiled cider is the perfect thing for a cocktail! LOOOOOVE your idea for boiled cider caramel! I need that in my life.


Nika January 21, 2018 at 3:25 pm

What can I substitute for boiled cider? I know the flavor will change, but I can’t find boiled cider in my area and Amazon is about $17. Too much for a single ingredient!


Kate January 25, 2018 at 9:57 pm

You can give it a try just with apple cider OR you can make your own boiled cider by taking apple cider and reducing it until it becomes thick and syrupy. Hope that helps!


Marilyn September 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm

I just reduced a half gallon of cider to a little over 8 ounces. Plan on refrigerating it as it cools and I’ve been looking for a cookie that would be similar to the old Brer Rabbit Molasses Sugar Cookies, and this sure looks like it!

I tasted a drop of it–This stuff is over the top GOOD, like an Orchard in a Jar! And yes, there is a recipe I came across to make boiled cider caramels.

Other uses:

Add to any apple or spice cake (small amounts, a little goes a long way) to perk up the flavor.

Substitute for molasses or corn syrup when making a barbecue sauce–again, use less than what is called for and add some brown sugar to make up the difference and to give it some body–good with pork loin roast!

Mix to taste in Seltzer Water or Sparkling Water.

Add a tablespoon or two to the sliced apples before placing in pie crusts and baking.

Add to apple quick breads.

Add to hot tea along with some cinnamon.

Add to taste to reconstitute in a glass of cold water when you want a glass of cider out of season.

And thank you again for this wonderful recipe!


Kate September 23, 2018 at 11:48 am

Oh my goodness, boiled cider is one of my very favorite things in this world. SO many wonderful uses! Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad you liked this cookie recipe.


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