How to make caramel apple wine glaze cookies

I will drink wine at any time.

And I love to eat cookies, even when they aren’t mine.

I will eat cookies in the middle of nookie.

And I will drink wine with my pal, the Wookiee.

I do so like wine glaze cookies. I do so like them, (Brain fart… insert some name that rhymes).

Turning sugar cookies into Caramel Apple Wine Glaze Cookies


  • Sugar cookies
  • Arbor Mist Caramel Apple wine
  • Powdered sugar
  • (Optional) Caramel to drizzle

Before the interwebz jumps up and cries because there are no measurements, let me explain.

Helping mom mix the powdered sugar into the caramel apple wine

There are two ways to make a batch of wine glaze cookies. I know, confusing. Michael would file this recipe under too complicated, but only because he lacks kitchen swagger.

If you, on the other hand, have got the moves like Jagger, your options are:

  • 1/4 cup wine + 1 cup powdered sugar
    • This glaze will remain ‘tacky’ for a longer period of time, creates a smoother glaze when cooled, and isn’t as sweet as the other option.
  • 1/4 cup wine + 2 cups powdered sugar
    • This glaze will get hard fast (ba dum tsk), needs low heat to keep it from cooling too much while topping the cookies (see the final picture for an idea of what will happen if it cools too much and you still use it), and is freaking delicious if you need more sugar in your life.

I have no preference unless I’m running low on the white stuff.

Powdered sugar, ya goons!

Bring the caramel apple wine glaze to a boil

Whisk the powdered sugar into the wine and bring it to a boil. I’m no professional, but high heat has always worked for me. How many recipes give you the option of balls to the wall heat?

Not many.

I let the mixture boil for a few minutes, stirring constantly, before removing it from the heat.

Brushing the caramel apple wine glaze on the sugar cookies

Once the glaze has had a few moments to return from the land of raging hot, begin brushing it on the cookies with a pastry brush.

Do as I say, not as I do: Be a good wifey and put a piece of parchment paper under the cooling racks so your spouse doesn’t curse you when he goes to clean the counter.

Topping the Caramel Apple Wine Glaze Cookies with a caramel drizzle

Optional step:

Feel free to make the cookies ‘fancy’ with a bit of caramel drizzle. Personally, I’m good without the drizzle, but I don’t judge if you are looking for the full monty.

Licking my fingers after finishing the Caramel Apple Wine Glaze Cookies

And yes, I waited until we were finished before licking my fingers.

Having fun making Caramel Apple Wine Glaze Cookies

And yes, he had no idea he just helped me make ‘mommy only’ cookies. Poor kid.

What happens when the caramel apple wine glaze cools too much when you are spreading it on

Note: The top right cookie is what I would call a reject in my world, and is why it’s important to keep the glaze a little warm. 

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