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
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

2 each: 212 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g 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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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 264817
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2017

"Delicious! I have to agree with another reviewer who said these cookies don't require the glaze as they're sweet enough without . I also cut the brown sugar to 1 cup & the amount of cloves to 1/4 tsp. per another reviewer's suggestion. Used chopped pecans instead of walnuts as that's what my family prefers. Will definitely make these again."

GailMc User ID: 4235837 205859
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????"

JHaight User ID: 1903303 135029
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."

mybugisgreen User ID: 5542164 130250
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

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

booboobear350 User ID: 5532390 57359
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

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

ddurkee User ID: 3117820 91066
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."

EssieLD User ID: 5786856 135027
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"Very good! Just made some, with the alterations of whole wheat flour, pecans instead of walnuts, and added some oats (maybe about 2/3 c.) as well. Very hardy little cookies!"

Criosa User ID: 5530850 135019
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"We really like these. I forgot the nuts, but they were still good. I substitute sprouted wheat flour, and it worked perfectly!"

issalyn User ID: 1912871 131228
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"Delicious with the glaze--tastes like a breakfast cookie."

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