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Cyndi’s Spiced Apple Cookies

Soft and spicy apple cookies with apple flavored icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling 20 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 40
Cost 5

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (114 grams)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 130 grams
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 60 grams
  • 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 egg
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 310 grams
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple peeled if desired
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans toasted

Apple Icing

  • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-5 tablespoons apple juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves. Beat until combined. Beat in the egg and apple juice until combined.
  • Add the flour gradually, stirring until fully blended. Stir in chopped apple and nuts.
  • Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. For bigger cookies, use generously rounded tablespoons. For extra large cookies, use a large cookie scoop.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Larger cookies will take more like 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes.
  • When the cookies are cool, make the icing. In a medium mixing bowl, beat softened butter, powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 4 to 5 tablespoons of apple juice. Drizzle or spread over the cookies.