Mulled Cider Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies

by Erin

All the spices you love in mulled cider are in these spiced brown sugar cookies. Add a little glaze drizzle and they are perfect for you holiday cookie exchange.

Mulled Cider Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies

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I cannot tell you how unhappy I am that the moment Halloween ended, Christmas exploded everywhere. But here I am participating in Christmas Cookies week so clearly I am a hypocrite.

This is the blogging world, where we have to publish the recipes you want in a month and a half right now.

Mulled Cider Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies #ChristmasCookies

These cookies are only a slight adaptation from my cinnamon brown sugar cookies with slightly different spices added to mimic those used in mulled apple cider. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some mulled cider white balsamic that would be a great addition as well instead of vanilla extract.

Add a little glaze on top and these will be an unsuspecting favorite holiday cookie. But in case you need more ideas, check out Monday’s #ChristmasCookies week list of recipes below:

Monday Christmas Cookie Recipes

Mulled Cider Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies with Glaze

Two years ago: No-Bake Banana Pudding Dessert Lasagna

Six years ago: November 2015 Stitch Fix #12

Seven years ago: Healthy Inside-Out Peanut Butter Cups

Eight years ago: Farro, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Nine years ago: Chocolate S’mores Cupcakes

Mulled Cider Spiced Brown Sugar Cookies


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to almost room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 tsp mulled cider white balsamic vinegar



  1. In a medium bowl, Whisk together flour, seasonings, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place sugar in a shallow bowl.
  4. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in the sugar, shaking off any excess. Place on prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are just starting to brown and centers are set. Let cool on sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While the cookies cool, in a small bowl whisk together the  powdered sugar, water, and vinegar. Drizzle over cooled cookies and allot to set before serving.
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Source: Adapted from my Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookies.

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