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Iced Amish Apple Cookies

Super soft cake-like cookies with apples and fall spices. You won't need the frosting to love these, but you'll want it anyway.

The perfect addition to your fall baking list, these soft cookies have plenty of cinnamon, spices, and fresh apples.

plate of brown cookies iced with buttercream.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Perfect for fall. With apples, golden raisins, and all your favorite spices, these are the perfect autumn cookie recipe
  • Super soft. Almost like little cakes, these are a nice change of pace.
  • The icing! Easy to make and delicious, you won’t want to skip it.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on dark wood counter.

You’ll need the following for this vintage cookies:

  • shortening
  • light brown sugar
  • egg
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • cloves
  • shredded or grated apples 
  • golden raisins
  • applesauce
  • powdered sugar
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • cream

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🍴Instructions

Step One: make the base dough

stages of making cookie dough.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put shortening and brown sugar in a bowl and mix them together until they are light and fluffy.

Mix dry ingredients. Stir flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add them to the sugar mixture and mix on low until a dough is formed.

Step Two: add mix-ins

bowl with shredded apples and golden raisins added.

Add raisins, apples, and applesauce. Add the golden raisins, applesauce, and shredded apples. The dough will be very wet, similar to a thick cake batter.

Step three: scoop and bake

scoop of cookie dough on parchment and fully baked cookies.

Drop 1½ tablespoon-sized scoops of cookie dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes until very golden brown and baked through in the center. Remove cookies to racks and cool to room temperature.

Step Four: frost

bowl of vanilla buttercream and finished frosted cookies.

To make the icing, mix all the ingredients together until they are smooth. The icing should be thick so it can stay on the cookies, but also be spreadable. Frost the cookies and then serve them to your guests.

🥫 Storage instructions

The cookies will do quite well stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use a different type of raisin?

Sure! Regular raisins are fine.

What type of apple is best in apple cookies?

It really doesn’t matter. Use the kind you like best.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure you fully bake them! They will be quite brown when done, and shouldn’t appear wet at all in the center.
  • They really stick to the pan. Use parchment if you have it.

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📖 Here’s the recipe

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Amish Apple Cookies

Print Recipe
Super soft cake-like cookies with apples and fall spices. You won't need the frosting to love these, but you'll want it anyway.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:12 mins
Total Time:32 mins
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Equipment

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 ⅓ cups light brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 small apples peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup applesauce

Icing

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash cream or milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cream sugar and shortening. Beat shortening and brown sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Mix dry ingredients. Stir flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Add them to the sugar mixture and mix on low until a dough is formed.
  • Add raisins, apples, and applesauce. Stir in the golden raisins, applesauce, and shredded apples. The dough will be very wet, almost like a thick cake batter.
  • Bake. Drop 1½ tablespoon-sized scoops of cookie dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes until very golden brown and baked through in the center. Remove cookies to racks and cool to room temperature.
  • Frost. Make the icing by beating all ingredients until smooth with an electric mixer. It should be spreadable but thick. Frost the cookies and serve.

Notes

These cookies will stick to the pan, so either use parchment or generously spray your baking sheets.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: amish apple cookies, iced apple cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Katie Shaw
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