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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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: amish apple cookies, iced apple cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Katie Shaw




  • 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


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


  • 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.


These cookies will stick to the pan, so either use parchment or generously spray your baking sheets.