Not every fall day is the perfect day to go on an outdoor adventure, sometimes the weather forces us to explore fall in different ways. This past Sunday was one of those types weather days, that found my wife, Amy and I dropping by the Clinton Cider Mill. The Cider Mill itself dates back to 1927 and is a mainstay of fall things in Clinton, NY mostly because of their fresh squeezed cider and those Cider donuts that you can smell frying from the moment you walk through the doors of this charming big yellow barn.
Inside you are greeted with not just the smells of apples and cinnamon but the slap, slap, slap of the belt on the 91-year-old hydraulic cider press. Mix in the sounds of people chatting with friends, laughter, the oohs and aahs of children, the hustle and bustle of the mill itself and you instantly know why a visit to this cider mill is a must every year.
Now I had absolute no intention of getting cookies on this day, in fact I didn’t even know they sold cookies until we ran into friends and one of them pointed out the Raspberry filled cookie and said it was a must get. So while waiting in line for cider, donuts and some of what I learned was the best maple candy from Cooks Maple, I have found locally, my wife turned to me and said “You need to get cookies so you can blog about them” and like a good husband who always listens here we are. Lets be honest like I would agrue about getting cookies, I do it all for the cookie.
There is actually a wide variety of baked treats that the Cider mill makes besides the cider donut, such as cookies pies, and scones. We are here though to eat cookies, I mean share some crumbs with you. We grabbed four varieties the standards Oatmeal raisin and Chocolate Chip, along with a Chocolate Truffle and the Raspberry filled. They all looked so delicious I’m surprised we didn’t eat them right there.
Before I had a chance to eat the Chocolate chip my loving wife had gotten to the cookie, thankfully she left me about 3 bites. Those 3 bites left me wanting more, more of this absolutely yummy cookie. A cookie that was just loaded with chunks of chocolate yet perfectly buttery, soft, and chewy with notes of vanilla and I’m guessing nutmeg. A perfect afternoon snack kind of cookie. Now I’m not a fan of Oatmeal Raisin at all, though I always grab one when I can because I know that Amy likes them. The Cider Mills’ was no exception, she found it and I quote “Cinnamony and perfectly Oatmealy”.
The cookies that will make you forget about the donuts though where this pair, a Chocolate truffle cookie that was filled with a delightful chocolate center wrapped by one of the best tasting chocolate chip cookies I’ve eaten. While as good as that sounds, the Raspberry filled is even better, so good in fact it’s easily one of my top 3 favorite cookies so far. This cookie is so light and buttery that it just melts in your mouth, the raspberry filling is like nothing I have ever encountered and smooth as silk. This cookie alone would make me visit the Cider Mill daily if I lived in Clinton, and it’s exactly why I started this blog, to discover those cookies in places you wouldn’t expect to find them. I mean who knew that one of the most delicious cookies I would ever eat would be found in a Cider Mill. Now The Clinton Cider Mill is only open through Thanksgiving weekend so be sure to get there for cider, donuts, and of course cookies.
Go on an adventure you never what you might stumble upon, but always do it for the cookie.