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Apple Cider Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free, Paleo-Friendly)


What is better than an apple cider donut? AN APPLE CIDER COOKIE. Made gluten and dairy free but you'd never know. They have a hint of apple cider while infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and all the favorite fall flavors filled with chopped apple. To make these cookies even better, you can reduce the apple cider on the stovetop for 20 minutes to make an apple cider syrup. It really gives a rich apple flavor! Let's get baking!


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INGREDIENTS IN GLUTEN FREE APPLE CIDER COOKIES:

  • All Purpose 1:1 Gluten Free Flour or Cassava Flour

  • Non Dairy Butter

  • Fresh Apple Cider

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

  • Chopped Apples

  • Baking Soda

  • Sea salt

  • Coconut Sugar

  • Egg

  • Powdered Sweetener



SUBSTITUTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS


1. I used Bobs Red Mill gluten free 1:1 flour but any 1:1 GF flour should work here. I also made these with cassava flour and they tasted great, but make sure to reduce the amount to 1 3/4 cup. They'll be a bit crumblier in texture than the GF flour blend.


2. Thankfully there are some great vegan butter subs these days. I typically bake with Earth Balance or Miyoko’s. I used both in this recipe with success. You can also sub with real grass fed butter.


3. Make sure to use fresh apple cider NOT apple cider vinegar! You may also use UNFILTERED apple juice. It'll be cloudy, not clear.


4. Coconut sugar is my go to in baking. It’s low glycemic, candida and diabetic friendly in smaller servings, and does not taste like coconut! However you can substitute this with brown sugar for chewier cookie.


5. This cookie does have an egg to bind it. You can try subbing for a flax egg but I would add 2. It tends to be a bit crumbly. I have not tried this but leave me a comment if you do!


6. Powdered sweetener is used in the icing. I use real confectionary powdered sugar, or powdered monkfruit for a healthier option.



What do I need for gluten free apple cider cookies?

  • Two mixing bowls

  • A baking sheet lined with parchment paper

  • A hand mixer for the icing


HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE APPLE CIDER COOKIES IN THESE EASY STEPS:

  1. Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the wet except the apple cider.

  2. Mix the dry into the wet. Now mix in the apple cider vinegar.

  3. Add in chopped apples.

  4. Scoop out and roll into balls.

  5. Roll into cinnamon and sugar.

  6. Gently press down so tops are flat.

  7. Bake 15 minutes.

  8. While baking, mix the apple cider icing.

  9. Let cool and drizzle with the icing!



FAQ


Can I make apple cider cookies vegan?

This recipe calls for one egg. I have not tried flax eggs in this recipe for substitutes. If you try, I recommend using 2 flax eggs for better binding. The cookies tend to be a little crumbly.



Can I make apple cider cookies paleo?

You can sub the GF flour for cassava flour but reduce the flour by 1/4 cup. This flour absorbs lots of moisture so the cookies may be a bit more dry if it’s not reduced. It will be a total of 1 3/4 cups. This will make your cookies paleo.


If you are not following paleo and substitute the coconut sugar for brown sugar, these will have a nice chewy texture!



What is apple cider?


Apple cider is unfiltered apple juice. The fiber and nutrients are left in the juice, giving it a richer flavor and a thicker texture. This is not apple cider vinegar and not apple juice! These will not work in the recipe. Apple cider can be found fresh in the grocery store in the refrigerated section near the produce. It's seasonal, you can find it September through November typically.



What is apple cider reduction?


If you want these donuts to be even more amazing, REDUCE YOUR APPLE CIDER FIRST. You can do this by simmering it on the stove for 15-20 minutes. This will boil off the water in the cider and leave the natural syrups in the apple behind. It’ll make your donuts SO flavorful if you take the time. If you do this, make sure you boil down 1+ cup since it will reduce in volume, giving you about 1/2 cup of reduction needed for the recipe.



Can I use apple juice instead?


I don't recommend this. The texture and taste of your donuts will be different. Apple juice has a lot more water content. If you can only find apple juice, make sure to use unfiltered apple juice. It will be cloudy, not clear.



Any other questions? Ask me below!



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