Apple Cookies with Vanilla Glaze

Iced apple cookies
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 36 Servings

These apple cookies are filled with chopped nuts and raisins, along with a vanilla glaze. These cookies are a great way to celebrate apple season!

These are fun cookies to make, and the kids can get involved in the icing. 


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (stirred before measuring)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup walnuts (or pecans, chopped)
  • 1 cup apple (unpeeled, finely chopped)
  • 1 cup raisins (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup milk (or juice)
  • For the Vanilla Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter (softened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons half-and-half (or milk)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Sift flour with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar; beat in egg until well-blended. Stir in half of flour and spice mixture, then stir in walnuts, apple, and raisins. Blend in milk, then remaining flour mixture.

  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons of dough, about 2 inches apart, onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes, or until set and lightly browned on the bottoms.

  5. While cookies are still hot, spread thinly with Vanilla Glaze, below.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. In a small mixing bowl with an electric mixer, blend the confectioners' sugar with the softened butter, the vanilla, a dash of salt, and 2 to 3 tablespoons of half-and-half or milk, or enough to obtain a thin spreading consistency.

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