On the third day….even better than French hens!

This recipe makes a cake-like cookie that has all the tastes of mulled cider.  (I took our favorite family Wassail recipe and added the spices to an adaptation of an oatmeal cookie.)  There are lots of variations that you can experiment with when making these cookies.

Mulled Cider Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg (farm fresh, of course)
1/4 cup apple cider (Seek out a local source.)
1  teaspoon pure vanilla
1/8 t. orange extract
*1 honeycrisp apple, finely diced (about 1 cup)  (We are lucky enough to have a local orchard.)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 t. allspice
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal
*1 cup dried cranberries
*(Substitute 6 oz. of Welch’s Cranberries and Spiced Apples for cranberries and fresh apple plus ½ c. dried cranberries.)
*(Or substitute 2/3 c. dried granny Smith Apples, diced, and 2/3 c. dried cranberries.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer or  a large mixing bowl, cream butter, and sugars.  Add egg, apple cider, vanilla and orange extract.  Mix well.  *Add apple and mix to incorporate.  *(If using dried fruit, wait and add after dry ingredients. 

Place flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cardamom, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk dry ingredients.  Add oatmeal and stir to combine. 

Add dry ingredients to stand mixing bowl and slowly mix to combine.  Add cranberries and mix until just incorporated. 

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet (a silicon pad works best). 

Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to finish cooling.

I was in a pinch and didn’t have any oatmeal in the house when I made these cookies the last time.  Instead of running to the store, I added 3 1/2 cups of granola.  (Choose one of your favorite kinds, mine include an olive-oil granola and a classic recipe.

Obviously,  this recipe offers lots of variety!


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