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
1/2 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
FOR THE GLAZE:
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.