Hard Cider Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate

Who doesn't like chocolate right?

If you say you don't. You are a complete weirdo.

I take that back. You are not strange. I in fact hated all things chocolate when I was a kid. As I got older I learned to love it and now.... I'm a full blown chocoholic!

Roxana from Roxana's Home Baking contacted me a couple weeks ago about a new group she was forming called "Chocolate Party" Every month we will get a new challenge to bake with chocolate. I was quite excited! This month our challenge was apples.

I've have seen several cookie recipes calling for a beer syrup, I thought I could try the same method out using my favorite Woodchuck Hard Cider. The cookies are made with a hard cider syrup, filled with apple chunks, white chocolate, cranberries and then drizzled with a hard cider glaze.

Hard Cider Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate


1 (12 oz) bottle hard cider ( I use Woodchuck)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup diced apples
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks

1-2 tbs hard cider
1/2 cup powder sugar


In a medium saucepan combine hard cider with 1/4 a cup of brown sugar, bring to a boil and reduce to a 1/2 cup. Should take about 20 minutes.    Let it cool to room temperature; set aside.

Meanwhile melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium/low heat until it has browned and become nutty smelling. Careful not to over cook it, butter burns fast! Allow to cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of your electric mixer mix butter, remaining brown sugar. Add in egg, vanilla and your cider syrup. 

Add your flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold in oats, cranberries and white chocolate.

When everything is incorporated refrigerate for 1 hour.

Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

For the glaze, add powder sugar to a  bowl and whisk 1 tbs of cider into it. Whisk in more cider if needed. You want a thin glaze... but not too thin.

Drizzle over cooled cookies.

Recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies.



  1. I'm so glad you grew out of your childhood discrimination against chocolate! These cookies are so full of goodness, from the apples and cranberries, the white chocolate chunks to the glaze on top, love it all! Pinned.

  2. Mmmmmm....apple oatmeal cookies sound amazing...and then you made them even more marvelous with a white chocolate drizzle!

  3. Those cookies look perfect! I love the beer syrup idea!

  4. Oh my goodness gracious. You combined like, three of my fave things EVAH into one rockin' cookie. Didn't think that was possible, but you did it. You are awesome!

  5. Thanks for accepting my invitation and baking these wonderful cookies! I love homemade oatmeal cookies and these my friend, would be gone in no time!

  6. I don't know know if I'm a full blown chocoholic but I definitely get mad cravings for it. I would certainly love these cookies.

  7. I am so happy to hear you grew to love chocolate:-) These cookies look and sound absolutely amazing!!! Girl you have real talent in the kitchen!!

  8. Oooohh, yummy! These cookies have all my favorite ingredients. I like chocolate but unfortunately I'm allergic :( Luckily white baking chips don't contain any chocolate whatsoever so they help me fill the void.

  9. these cookies look tasty with the yummy frosting drizzled on top and yes I'm a full blown chocoholic too!!

  10. Apple oatmeal cookies with hard cider and a white chocolate drizzle-yum! I like everything about these cookies;-)

  11. I have never put beer of any kind into a cookie but these have to be good! Great idea for a fall/football dessert

  12. Carrie- do we need to be invited for this party? I saw that you were and I'm totally awkward when it comes to this kind of jazz. LOL. I'm never sure how this kind of thing works.

    1. You can link up any chocolate/apple recipes you have Melissa. I'll email you about it now!

  13. Wow...I love cookies and these are Yummy cookies with white chocolate drizzle.

  14. So much going on in these wonderful cookies! Great recipe!

  15. Just made these last night for a party and they were a huge hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. can you use regular cider?

  17. can you use regular cider?

  18. can you use regular cider?

    1. I can not guarantee the results if you do. Regular cider has much more sugar in it than hard cider does.