Vanilla-Glazed Apple Cookies Recipe
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Vanilla-Glazed Apple Cookies Recipe

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"This delicious fruit-and nut-packed cookie recipe was my mother's, and it has been one of my mother's, and it has been one of my favorites for many years," offers Sharon Crider from Junction City, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup finely diced peeled apple
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 212 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°, In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts, apple and raisins.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm cookies. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Vanilla-Glazed Apple Cookies in Taste of Home February/March 2004, p53

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"I made the recipe, left out the nuts and baked 8 min at 400. They burned. Turned it down to 350 and they were okay. Who bakes cookies at 400????"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Excellent. Used golden raisins. Will dice the apple more finely next time as larger thin slices made the dough hard to handle. Did not glaze these, and they didn't need it as they were plenty sweet already."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I really enjoyed these. They made the house smell wonderful!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"they were just ok. easy to make but the taste was just plain."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"I made them just like the recipe except for the raisins. The first dozen turned out ok, but the next dozen spreadout way too much. The next time I think I will add oats and use part wheat flour. I also did not like the cloves in the cookies."

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