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