Apple Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

Iced apple cookies

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 27 mins
Servings: 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. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  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 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.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Vanilla Glaze

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. 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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