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Apple Cookies Taste Like Fall In A Baked Good

Delish logo Delish 6/28/2022 Riley Wofford

What's better than a dessert that tastes exactly like fall? Seriously, few recipes can compete with the likes of pumpkin cheesecake roll, caramel apple pie, or apple coffee cake. That is, until these perfectly spiced apple cookies entered the scene. They're begging to be served with pumpkin spice lattes in front of a blazing fire with red and orange leaves waving outside in the crisp air. (Or, double down on the apple vibes with a mug of steaming homemade apple cider.)

These snickerdoodle-like cookies are chewy in the center and slightly crisp around the edges. The dough is infused with all the best warm autumnal spices, thanks to the shortcut superhero apple pie spice, and each bite is packed with plenty of tart Granny Smith apple chunks. On top is a drizzle of thick white icing to take these cookies over the top. For even more fall flavor, add toasted chopped walnuts or pecans.

You can make your own apple pie spice by whisking together 4 parts cinnamon, 1 part each nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom, and 1/2 part allspice. Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Yields: 20

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins


Cookie Dough
  • 1 1/2 c.

    (180 g.) all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp.

    apple pie spice

  • 3/4 tsp.

    baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 6 tbsp.

    (3/4 stick) butter, softened

  • 1/2 c.

    (100 g.) granulated sugar

  • 1/2 c.

    packed light brown sugar

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1/2 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 1

    medium tart apple (about 8 oz.; such as Granny Smith), cored, peeled, and grated (about 1 c.)

  • 3/4 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 4 tsp.

    fresh lemon juice

  • Pinch of apple pie spice


Cookie Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, apple pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and mix until incorporated, then add vanilla. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and beat until well combined. Stir in apples until just combined. Cover and chill dough until cold, about 30 minutes.
  4. Scoop 2-tablespoon balls of dough (about 20 balls) and arrange 2" apart on prepared sheets. Bake until cookies are just set and light golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice. Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is thick but pourable.
  2. Spoon icing over cooled cookies. Let stand until icing sets, about 15 minutes.


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