This recipe was sent to me by a reader named Cyndi who lives up north where there’s a nice apple crop. The cookies are soft and have just the right amount of spice and apple flavor. Cyndi also sent along an icing recipe, and while I did ice the cookies I think these are almost as good without it!
For small cookies, bake 10-12 minutes. Large cookies take 13-15 minutes.
Cyndi’s Spiced Apple Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped apple, peeled if desired
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
Apple frosting (below)
Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Use non stick spray or use parchment paper or
non stick liner on cookie sheets. In a bowl, beat butter with an electric
mixer for 30 seconds.
Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and
cloves. Beat until combined. Beat in the egg and apple juice until combined.
Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour,
chopped apple and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Drizzle or swirl frosting onto
Makes approximately 40 small cookies or 20 large cookies.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 4 to 5 tablespoons of apple juice to make the frosting. When cookies have completely cooled you can drizzle this on or frost.