Apple Butter Cookies Recipe
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Apple Butter Cookies Recipe

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My mother used to bake these mouthwatering cookies for an after-school treat. Though it's been 55 years since I first found out about them, I still savor the smell that fills the house as these cookies bake. They stay moist and fresh for a long time, or the dough can be stored in the refrigerator for several days so you can bake as you need them.—Dorothy Hawkins, Springhill, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 185 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, oats and apple butter. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture along with the milk; beat until blended. Stir in nuts and raisins. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze baked cookies in tins or freezer bags for the months ahead.
Originally published as Apple Butter Cookies in Reminisce September/October 1992, p51

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"We have home grown apples; these are delicious and easy to make. I let them sit for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet; they are nice for Fall coffee."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"I changed my receipt to maple syrup and no nuts or raisins the cookies were amazing and school friendly"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"These cookies had a good flavor, but turned out flat. I've tried them twice now and added extra flour the second time and they weren't any better. I will not make them again."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"Mine too turned out flat and even dark on the sides. They tasted good but not to nice looking so think I will try some thing else. I was trying to use some apple butter I had made."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"These were okay.I added the extra flour like someone suggested, but my first batch wasnt very sweet. So for the second batch I sprinkled some Cinnamon Sugar on top. Those were pretty good."

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