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Gluten Free & Vegan Spiced Apple Cider Cookie Recipe

  • Author: A Little Insanity - Erika
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x
  • Category: Baked Goods
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free


This Gluten Free & Vegan Spice Apple Cider Cookie Recipe is perfect for baking & sharing during the holiday season.  They’re like a little sip of holiday cheer, but in a delicious cookie!




  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Butter Alternative (or you can use regular butter)
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons Applesauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Granny Smith Apples (Approx. 2 apples – peeled & cored)
  • Zest from 1 Orange


  • 2 1/2 Cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour (you can also use Bob’s regular All Purpose Flour with the same delicious results)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (cinnamon, ginger, cloves & nutmeg)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon All Spice (only add if your Pumpkin Pie Spice doesn’t have it)


  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Clove (approx. 2 pinches)
  • 2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup
  • 24 Teaspoons Apple Cider or Apple Juice (add in 1 teaspoon at a time until desired thickness is reached)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line Cookie Sheet with Parchment – Set Aside
  • Core & Peel 2 Granny Smith Apples, then Shred with cheese grater so that you make enough to firmly pack 1 measuring cup.  This takes approx. 2 medium sized apples.
  • Wash & Zest 1 Orange
  • In mixing bowl, mix together Wet Ingredients adding in the Shredded Apple & Orange Zest last.  Mix again until well blended.
  • Whisk together Dry Ingredients & gradually add into your Wet Mix.
  • Mix on Medium-High Speed until dough is well blended.
  • Scoop rounded cookie dough onto prepared Cookie Sheet & Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven & transfer cookies onto cooling rack.  Cool completely before adding the drizzle topping.
  • While cookies are cooling, whisk together all of the Apple Cider Drizzle Topping Ingredients.  Place in a piping bag or a small baggie with a tiny corner snipped for piping.  Drizzle the topping over the cookies, allowing them to set for 20 minutes before storing.


  • You can bake the cookies a little longer for a crispier cookie that’s perfect for dunking!
  • Store cookies in airtight container for 2 days at room temperature, or longer in the fridge or freezer.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 90