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)
Gather the ingredients.
Sift flour with baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
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.
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.
While cookies are still hot, spread thinly with Vanilla Glaze, below.
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.