Healthy Apple Cookie Recipes


A healthy apple tree can yield copious amounts of delicious fruit that can be used in all kinds of recipes. From savory dishes like apple-stuffed pork loin to sweet treats like apple fritters, this versatile ingredient is loaded not only with flavor but with nutrients and fiber--making it a great fruit to have on hand. Apples share equal billing with walnuts and raisins in this healthy cookie recipe that's sure to please apple lovers of every age.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, grease the sheets with butter or vegetable oil.

Step 2

Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt in the medium-sized bowl. While sifting is not absolutely necessary, it will greatly enhance the chewy, cake-like texture of these apple cookies.

Step 3

Cream butter and sugar together (by hand or with a mixture) in a medium-sized bowl until light and fluffy and fully mixed. Add the egg and stir it into the mixture until fully incorporated.

Step 4

Stir the flour mixture into the sugar and butter mixture and mix until completely blended. Gently fold in the apples, nuts and raisins.

Step 5

Drop the batter by rounded teaspoons 1 and 1/2 inches apart onto the baking sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you make the glaze.

Step 6

Mix together the powdered sugar and the milk to form a thin glaze. Drizzle this over the cooled cookies and serve immediately. Extra cookies will keep for a week in a covered container.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overbake because the cookies will be dry.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Medium and large-sized bowls
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven


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