Cider Snaps

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Cider Snaps

For the creative cookie exchange the theme was apples. I happened to have a half gallon of apple cider in the fridge. So, I went to work with writing down ideas and ingredients. Before I knew it, I had jotted down a recipe for cider snaps. To make my snaps, I had to make some apple cider molasses.

It was a timely recipe, but definitely worth it. These cookies are amazing and full of spicy apple flavor. They definitely shout fall. I love it. My son has just started really enjoying apples. What a perfect time to do so too. I’ve only let him have a few sips of the apple cider because that could be a terrible mess, but I just introduced him to apples and peanut butter. Like myself, he found them heavenly. I came to this conclusion by the loud MMMMMM after every bite he takes. Gosh, he is so cute.

Cider Snaps

I love the cracked look of these cookies. They have a great snap to them, but are also chewy. They are a beautiful golden brown color and coated with a dusting of sugar before they are baked. Seriously, you have to put the time in and make these. Also, did them in some coffee. I’m in love.

Cider Snaps

Cider Snaps
Serves: 15 large cookies
  • ⅓ cup apple cider molasses
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground clove
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, garnish
Apple Cider Molasses
  1. Place 4 cups of apple cider into a saucepan. Heat the cider to a boil over medium/high heat. Once the cider comes up to a boil, reduce heat to medium/low. Let the cider simmer until it reduces to a thick molasses. Mine took 4 hours to cook down. It doesn't need much attention until the last half an hour when the cider has cooked down substantially. Then stir often to avoid the molasses from burning. Let cool. Mine cooked down to about ⅓ cup.
Cider Snaps
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add in vegetable oil, brown and granulated sugar. Mix on medium until combined. Add in the eggs and cider molasses and mix on medium until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift all the dry ingredients. Pour them into the wet mixture and mix on low until combined.
  4. Scoop the dough and roll into the ¼ cup granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet. Space them 2" apart. I only had 6 scoops on my cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 14-16 minutes until golden brown. Let them cool on the baking pan about 5 minutes before trying to move them with a spatula onto a cooling rack. Move to the cooling rack and let them finish cooling.

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  1. Love the apple cider molasses!! Your cookies look so very good. I need to go and get some apple cider, it is so fall like!!

  2. Oh my heavens what wonderful cookies! And apple cider molasses – oh yea!! I have cider in the fridge and it is going into a pot asap. Awesome.
    Renee recently posted…Apple Walnut Cream Cheese CookiesMy Profile

  3. I just love when I learn something new from fellow bloggers! I’ve never thought about making my own cider molasses. Your cider snaps look like my husband’s favorite store-bought ginger snaps, Miranda, but I am sure he would love these even more. Pinning to my Recipes to Try board!

  4. What a lovely way to use apples for this months theme! Really genius! I’ll be making homemade cider molasses for my favorite molasses sugar cookies in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to taste the rich apple flavor. Thank you so much for joining us as a co-host in the Creative Cookie Exchange!
    Rebecka recently posted…Butterscotch Apple Pie Cookies ~ Creative Cookie Exchange APPLESMy Profile

  5. Your cookies look so good, and I’d love to try making cider molasses but I haven’t seen it in any stores here yet. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks and then I can try these cookies.
    Felice/All That’s Left Are The Crumbs recently posted…Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Spice CookiesMy Profile

  6. Ohh these look and sound absolutely delicious! I will have to try them. I looove ginger snaps, and adding cider! Mmm. :)
    Sophie Remer recently posted…Almond Apple Cider SnickerdoodlesMy Profile

  7. tHey sound really good I like the idea of the cider molasses.
    Greenthumb recently posted…Apple-butter Oat Cookies #CreativeCookieExchangeMy Profile

  8. Wow, 4 cups of cider down to 1/3 cup! That’s some concentrated flavor. Your cookies are beautiful and sound delicious.

  9. You’re right, Miranda. These are some seriously great cookies. I sooo would like 2 or 3 or 10 of those lovely crisp and chewy cookies just about now!

  10. LOVE the idea of apple cider molasses–these look seriously delicious! Thanks for joining us!
    Laura recently posted…Chocolate Cookie-Pecan-Toffee Streusel Topped Chocolate MuffinsMy Profile

  11. These are wonderful. I love a good snap! The molasses scares me a bit but I’m willing to try anything. I can’t believe how many recipes I want to cook from this months challenge!

  12. I have a question-when is the creative cookie theme announced each month? Can anyone join? Your cookies look wonderful…I’m going to have a quick peek at the rest of your blog;)

    • Anyone can join! The link to the group is It’s a closed group so just ask to join. We know we ahead of time what the themes are each month. We normally reveal them on a Tuesday in the middle of the month. Next month is the 21st and the month after that is the 18th. It’s a really wonderful group of people. :D

  13. oh they look yummy!
    Dina recently posted…Coconut Meringue Peach BarsMy Profile

  14. These would be a HUGE hit at my house! Pinning for next fall :)
    Lori Who Needs A Cape? recently posted…Throw Back Thursday ~ Broccoli CasseroleMy Profile

    • They were so delicious! I can’t wait for you to try them! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out for you. :D


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