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Oct 14, 2013

Iced Apple Drop Cookies

Iced Apple Drop Cookies with lots of apple flavor....
Iced Apple Drop Cookies

These apple cookies are super soft and full of apple flavor. They contain fresh apple, dried apple, apple jelly, apple juice, and boiled apple cider.

To quote one of my colleagues at work,  "Those things are dangerous."

Iced Apple Drop Cookies

My little five year old grandson spent the night last night (oh how I love having him spend the night!) and ate three of them for dessert (he skipped the freezer drawer full of ice cream novelties that we keep on hand for his visits...  Note to parents: that's what grandparents do....).

Iced Apple Drop Cookies

Iced Apple Drop Cookies Recipe


1 1/2 C peeled and finely chopped apples
1/4 C finely chopped dried apples
1/4 C apple jelly
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
2 C (9 ounces) all purpose unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, slightly soft 
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
2/3 C powdered sugar
1/2 tsp light corn syrup
2-3 drops vanilla
1 tsp boiled cider (optional)
Apple juice to thin the icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and place a rack in the middle.
  2. Line three baking sheets with parchment.
  3. In a 3 quart saucepan, cook the apples, apple jelly, cinnamon, and nutmeg over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour the mixture into a bowl and let it cool. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together, and set aside.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixture, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg yolk and beat until incorporated.
  6. Beat in half of the flour mixture on low until just incorporated. 
  7. Add the cooled apple mixture and mix. 
  8. Remove the bowl from the mixer and mix in the rest of the flour mixture with a spatula until just incorporated. 
  9. Using a 2-Tablespoon Cookie Scoop or a coffee scoop, drop the batter onto the parchment lined baking sheets, about 2 1/2 inches apart, about 10 cookies per baking sheet. Slightly flatten the cookies with oiled hands. 
  10. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. 
  11. Cool on the pan for about 2 minutes on a rack, and then move the cookies to a rack with a spatula and cool completely. 
  12. Mix the powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, optional boiled cider, and enough apple juice to make a glaze. 
  13. Place the icing into a plastic bag and snip a tiny hole in the corner. Drizzle the icing over the cookies as pictured. 
  14. Store the cookies in an airtight container for about 5 days. 

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  1. You win the prize, Karen for the most apple ingredients! And maybe the most dangerously addictive cookies =) I'll take my forewarning from your co-woker but still say yes please and thank you for the recipe.

    1. Aww =) All the recipe needs is applesauce, right?

  2. Oh I love how apple-y these are! They do look 'dangerously' addictive!

    1. Thanks! Amazing that something without chocolate can be this tasty.

  3. Those cookies have an apple punch, way to go!! They look delicious!!!

  4. Yummy! Every kind of apple in these little beauties! So nice that your grandson was such a fan! Thanks for co-Hosting the Creative Cookie Exchange

    1. Thanks Rebecka. I love it when he loves my food =)

  5. WOW, these sound apple-y delicious, Karen!

  6. Seriously apple cookies. 5 types of apple in 1 cookie. Awesome! I can see how they would be dangerous to have around.

  7. I am so impressed with your use of apple ingredients! You really took this apple theme and ran with it-- I bet these are delicious! So glad you could share them with your grandson. That makes all cookies worth making.

  8. What pretty cookies, Karen, and I love that your grandson chose them over ice cream! That really says a lot about how delicious they must be.

    1. I know! He usually hits the freezer first thing when he finishes dinner. Love him!

  9. With all the different types of apple I bet the flavor in these is amazing. I know I would find it hard to stop at just one. Love your photos too.

  10. I really like the sound of these with fresh apple and apple jelly, yum.

  11. Now this is an apple cookie! You packed these full of every kind of apple goodness there is. Delish!

  12. I love that you used dried and fresh apples! Brilliant!


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