Novel Baking: Mulling Spice & Spicy Cider



We had our first snow this week, two inches to give us a nice dusting and for some timely winter atmosphere for Home Made Winter with The Novel Bakers!


While snow is frightful lately in the Northeast and Midwest (and more recently in Atlanta), it’s something I look forward to since it’s a rare occurrence is usually here today, gone tomorrow.


A Spicy Cider Warm-Up Drink from Home Made Winter

was just what was called for with temperatures in the ‘teens.

Spicy Cider for Winter's Chill

I made Mulling Spices, to have on hand for cider

or mulled wine and to combat winter’s chill.

Make Your Own Mulling Spice

Two tablespoons of mulling spice are all you need for a quart of apple cider. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, pour into mugs, if desired add rum to each mug to warm you up further!


Mulling Spice Ingredients:

4 whole nutmeg

8 cinnamon sticks (4 inch size or twice as many 2 inch)

1/2 of 1.25 oz bottle of whole cardamom seed

 dried orange peel from 2 oranges (preferably organic)

1 jar .75 oz whole allspice

1 jar .75 oz whole cloves

.5 oz star anise


Place nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and cardamom in a heavy duty ziptop bag and give them several good whacks with a mallet or rolling pin. Depending on the thickness of your bag, you may want to cover it with a kitchen towel to prevent the cinnamon sticks for piercing your bag and spices flying across the kitchen :)

 Add the remaining ingredients to the your crushed spices and store mixture in an airtight container or jar.


I found drawstring tea bags here, that will hold 2 tablespoons of mulling spice, or you can use cheesecloth and tie your spices up with baking twine.

DIY Dried Orange Peel

You can make your own dried orange peel to add to your mulling spice or tea. I started with two oranges (organic is best) to end up with a half pint jar of dried peel.


Peel your oranges as you would normally, keeping the pieces as large as possible. Cut as much of the bitter pith away from the peel and then use a knife to scrape away as much remaining pith as possible, until you see the orange exterior.


Cut the peel into thin strips and put in a 250 degree oven on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the peel starts to curl and dry. Let cool completely and store in an airtight jar. Mix with your mulling spice or add to tea.


Yvette van Boven designed adorable recipe cards to go with Made with Love cookie stamps for Anthropologie. No longer available, I found a similar Home Made stamp from World Market.


The cookie stamp works best with recipes without baking powder or baking soda so the stamp leaves a distinct impression after baking. A Home Made Winter savory salted thyme cookie (more like a cracker) fit the bill for the cookie stamp.


Mix your dough of choice, roll it into walnut size balls,

and stamp and flatten to desired

thickness with cookie stamp.


Hope your surviving Ol’ Man Winter. . .

I recommend the rum :)

You can find a printable recipe for

Mulling Spice with Dried Orange Peel, here.


I’m joining The Novel Bakers for

Home Made Winter this week. . .

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for more Home Made Winter fun~

 a quiet life

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Homemade Mulling Spice

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  27 comments for “Novel Baking: Mulling Spice & Spicy Cider

  1. January 31, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Good morning! I think we are lucky to live in Florida even though it has been cold. We are going up into the 70’s this weekend and it is most welcome. The mulling cider recipe sounds good and ” inner warming”!

  2. January 31, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Your mulling spices added to the cider will certainly warm the soul, Mary. The Home ❤️ Made savory cookies are the perfect touch for your snowy scene. Your blog posts are like looking through through a beautiful magazine. Happy weekend! xo

  3. Marty Larson
    January 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    More than your mulling spices has warmed my soul. I love! reading your posts and am so fatten inspired by your tables. Thank you so much!

  4. January 31, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Mary, I’m so glad you got the little touch of snow you were hoping for, and just in time to enjoy the wonderful recipes from this book! I have enjoyed following the Novel Bakers this week. And I love your salt bucket — so much cuter than the huge plastic bin we keep our salt in here! Stay warm! Linda

  5. franki
    January 31, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Must be ESP…I just put “mulled cider” on my “Comfort Cuisine” menu for the “girl’s club” next week….think I’ll add the “Capt Morgan’s ” as well! franki..

  6. Linda Miller
    January 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I want that road salt bucket. Where did you find it? I always enjoy your posts and love your table settings.

    • January 31, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Thank Linda, I found it at HomeGoods in December :)

  7. Cheryl
    January 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Loved your post today, Mary! What are the chances that you find a “Home Made” cookie stamp when you are featuring the “Home Made Winter” cookbook? I just adore all your props. It’s incredible the things you find and you use them all with such creativity. Thanks for such wonderful posts…they make my day. :)

  8. paula
    January 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Love your pictures so warm and cozy. I too think the bucket is too cute, and I have been wanting to get one of those cookie stamps!
    I notice you use several different white dishes patterns, do you have a favorite?? so pretty.
    Enjoy your little treats :)

    • January 31, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Paula! I have a couple of favorites, I like Mikasa French Countryside it’s a good basic pattern, oven and freezer safe and I like Mikasa Stanton , which is the pattern of the mug here and has a textured design :)

  9. January 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Yum, a cup of cider and a savory cookie! What a delightful post to wake up to. I almost burned my toast scrolling through. I love the cookie stamp and hope they have some left. Fun week with the Novel Baker’s and what a timely book to feature.

    Sorry to hear about your sister’s awful experience but glad she made it home safely. What a nightmare!

  10. January 31, 2014 at 11:26 am

    oh this is my very favorite, how did i miss this? the simplicity is the beauty of this… all things i love, the heady scents, garden picked citrus, jars, warm drinks, i should be singing these are a few of my favorite things! stunning photos, gosh this is pure bliss for me this morn… and trust me, its another rough day, with another sick pet, just waiting for the vet to call, yet this has the power to calm and enchant me~

    and the stamp! she has a new book coming out in the netherlands only and she talks about her stamps there, to see this is driving me wild! after the vets i am stopping in cost plus, i too must show my love for home made…

    BRILLIANT MARY! i KNOW how little time you had, perhaps getting snowed in was our blessing, by the way i saw the bucket in dec and thought not a thing i can do that with that, but i loved it as i kept peddling empty handed down the aisle, SO HAPPY YOU WORKED ITS MAGIC!

    super week mary, i adored all that you shared, its wonderful to see what we all take away from the same books, thanks so much for playing this week, it was a gorgeous extravaganza~

  11. January 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Your yard looks beautiful in a snow blanket and the perfect backdrop for all your yummy Home Made Winter goodies. I saw that stamp at WM and almost bought it, really adorable~the savory thyme cookies sound wonderful! The mulling spices are really too pretty to use, just gorgeous, and I LOVE the way you photographed it! I am always so sad when these special Novel Bakers weeks end, thank you so much for such an entertaining cozy time!

  12. January 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I want to be your next door neighbor SOOOOOOO bad!!!! I would totally have a picnic outside with you and sip some WARM cvider (with or without rum:):):) Have a great weekend!!!!!

  13. February 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Mary, glad you got your snow. It looks pretty and the perfect setting for a winter picnic.

  14. February 1, 2014 at 7:55 am

    If I said that I could kind of smell this post, would you know what I meant? It looks so delicious and so wintery that I loved it. It’s actually hard to find whole spices like anise here, but I can get my husband to buy it on the road. I would love to make my own mulling spices, not just for the taste but the fragrance.

  15. February 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Mary, your mulling spices are just what the soul needs on a wintry day. I LOVE your “homemade” cookie stamp. The cookies are the perfect with the tea. xx

  16. Kim
    February 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for sharing the mulling spice mix! I’ve pinned it for reference later. Looks divine! :-) Love the cookie stamp, too.

  17. February 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    What a gorgeous view of your lakefront back yard…I love seeing it in all seasons and the snow is just so beautiful next to the water…I would buy the WS Mulling spices around Christmas every year…but I would now love to try this homemade recipe…looks and sounds so wonderful!….and love the cookie stamp!! Really need to get one of those!!

  18. mary
    February 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

    mary b
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful mulled cider recipe. I would love to know where you found the wonderful salt bucket.

    • February 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I found it at HomeGoods in December :)

  19. mary
    February 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks, Home Goods is the “mother ship”, isn’t it??

  20. February 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful photos!… I’ve just pinned your post! Thanks for sharing! xo!

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