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Apple Cider Doughnut Cookies, all the flavors we love most in apple cider, but in a yummy cookie instead! Homemade chocolate chip cookies made with browned butter, a mix of warming autumn spices, sweet brown sugar, apple butter, and oats. A classic cookie made better with the addition of apples, spices, and, of course, plenty of melty chocolate. These cookies are finished off with a light dusting of cinnamon-sugar for a sweet cinnamony bite. The perfect fall cookie. 

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If there’s one cookie you need to make this fall, I do think it’s these. They’re kind of like fall, baked up into a super sweet cookie. Such a delicious treat as the weather begins to cool off. 

Ever since September first hit, I’ve wanted to make my favorite apple cider doughnuts. I’ve been craving those warm, sweet fall flavors for a while now. Since I’ve already shared my go-to baked apple cider doughnut recipe with you all, I wanted to share something new. 

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I was stumped for a while. Other than a muffin, which was just not exciting me, I was not sure what to create. But when I had the idea for a cookie, it sounded so fun, and, of course, really good. 

I love to use apple butter in cookies, I swear it’s the secret to a great fall cookie.

To make these I used my homemade apple butter and added a mix of warm spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and even some all-spice. These are the spices commonly found in chai and what I often use when making homemade cider. 

Adding them to these cookies makes them perfectly spiced! 

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Here are the steps for the perfect fall cookie

Step 1: brown the butter 

As with a lot of my cookie recipes, start with browning the butter. I like to use a medium skillet and brown both sticks of butter over medium heat. Then simply let the butter cook until it bubbles up and foams on top. This is when I turn the heat off and continue to allow the butter to cook in the pan.

Little brown bits will form on the bottom of the pan. Those are the nutty little bits that will make your recipes extra delicious. Especially with the oats. I found the pairing to be really special.

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Step 2: mix in the wet ingredients 

When the butter has browned, the rest goes pretty much as you would think. You can use a mixer, but a good old-fashioned spatula will do the trick too. Mix the butter with brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla.

While I love using my recipe for apple butter, I understand that time does not always allow for that. So store-bought is great too! 

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Step 3: mix in the dry ingredients 

Add flour, oats, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice, and a pinch of salt to the bowl with all of the wet ingredients. 

Then mix, mix, mix, and fold in chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or a combination! I like to use both! 

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Step 4: let the dough sit, then bake

Next, let the dough sit and hang out for 10 minutes. As dough sits, it will stiffen up and be easier to form into cookies. 

Once the dough has chilled out, roll it into dough balls and bake away! 

Step 5: cinnamon sugar

While the cookies bake, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Then when the cookies come out of the oven, you can sprinkle each with cinnamon-sugar to make these just like a cinnamon-sugar coated doughnut. 

So heavenly. I’m telling you all, you will love every bite! So simple, and so delicious. It’s hard to beat a great fall flavored chocolate chip cookie – these are pretty special! 

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Looking for more sweet fall recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Cupcakes

Chai Spiced Maple Sugar Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

Healthier Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Lastly, if you make these Apple Cider Doughnut Cookies be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Apple Cider Doughnut Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 224 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Cinnamon Sugar


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Add the butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Let cool 5 minutes or so.
    3. To the brown butter, mix in the brown sugar, maple syrup, apple butter, eggs, and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Add the flour, oats, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold in the chocolate. Let the dough sit and set up, about 10 minutes.
    4. Roll the dough into rounded tablespoon-size balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten the dough down. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, rotate, and tap the baking sheet on the counter 1-2 times to flatten. Bake another 2-3 minutes or until the cookies are just beginning to set on the edges.
    5. Mix the cinnamon and sugar. Brush each cookie very lightly with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Eat warm (highly recommended) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 
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  1. 5 stars
    These were delicious, except there was too much chocolate! I would only put in 1 cup of choc. chips next time. Then that will make a 5 star recipe 🙂 The cinnamon/sugar mixture was also way too much for what you need. Definitely half that as well!

    1. Hi Kristin,
      Happy Sunday!!🍂 Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and your review, so glad it was enjoyed:) xx

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for a work celebration and they were a HIT! Everyone absolutely loved them and I even had a couple people ask for the recipe! I did omit the chocolate chips and used cinnamon chips instead, per another reviewer’s recommendation. Will definitely be making again! SO GOOD!

  3. These are delicious! The perfect fall spice cookie. I did have to bake them about 3-4 minutes longer than the recipe called for.

  4. 5 stars
    These turned out great! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I might even skip chocolate next time! I might also add more spices.

  5. 5 stars
    These are so good. I just made with white chocolate chips and I’m in love. I also had to use bread flour because I was out of AP and it only impacted my baking time. So a recipe that’s easy to adjust a bit. Definitely best warm out of the oven. Maybe with a drizzle of caramel