Glazed Soft Apple Cookies

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Looking for a delicious apple cookie recipe?! These glazed soft apple cookies are packed with tender pieces of apple and crunchy bits of toasted pecans, making them completely irresistible.

For more apple cookie recipes try our apple pie cookies and caramel apple cookies as well!

These soft apple cookies combine tender pieces of apple, crunchy bits of toasted pecans, and a sweet glaze for a completely irresistible Fall dessert.

Apple season has arrived! I like to keep an abundance of apples on hand to make tasty apple recipes all season long.

Just like these old-fashioned apple cookies!

Apple Cookies

Your family is going to love these soft apple cookies made with fresh apples.

They are packed with an apple cinnamon flavor that everyone just loves!

Soft Apple cookies with coffee

They are wonderful as a snack in the kids’ lunchboxes, for breakfast with your morning coffee, or as a tasty Fall dessert.

>> Related: Caramel Apple Cookies

Soft Apple Cookie Ingredients

Soft Apple Cookie Ingredients

Begin by gathering your ingredients, many of which you will likely have in your pantry.

For the cookies you will need: brown sugar, flour, 1 egg, butter, baking soda, apple pie spice, salt, buttermilk, toasted pecans (walnuts work well too), and of course, apples.

Vanilla Glaze Ingredients

Soft Apple Cookie Icing Ingredients

For the glaze, you will need: sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter.

Or, if you’d like to add a unique touch to the glaze, try substituting spiced rum for the milk – yum!

Note: These cookies are plenty tasty and sweet on their own, and don’t really *need* the glaze. I have been making them without the glaze more and more lately, expecially when I am making them as more of a “snack cookie” and less of a dessert. Totally up to you though!

How to Make Soft Apple Cookies

Butter and brown sugar being beat together in stand mixer

Let’s get baking!

In a large bowl, beat to combine the butter and brown sugar using a stand mixer or a hand mixer.

Buttermilk being added to bowl

Then, add buttermilk and egg and continue beating until well combined.

How to Make Apple Cookies

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture and stir together until just combined. Do not overmix.

Fold in chopped apples and pecans.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In a hurry? Place the dough in the freezer for 15-20 minutes instead.

Scooping apple cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet

Scoop the dough onto baking sheets with parchment paper and bake 11-14 minutes at 375 F.

Soft Apple Cookies Just Out of the Oven

Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool further.

You will want to wait until the cookies are just slightly warm to add the glaze.

Whisk glaze ingredients together

Glaze time! Grab all your glaze ingredients and whisk them together. Adjust the amount of milk to reach the desired icing consistency.

Brushing vanilla glaze on warm soft apple cookies

Finally, brush the glaze generously on top of the warm apple spice cookies and enjoy!

Soft apple cookies on a plate with apple in background

Storage

Wait until the cookies cool and the glaze sets before storing.

Cover or place in an airtight container and store the cookies in layers between pieces of waxed paper to help prevent sticking. You can also add a piece of bread to the container to help keep the cookies from being too soft and moist.

When covered and stored at room temperature, these cookies keep well for up to 5 days.

How to Make the Best Apple Cookies

These soft apple cookies are made with bits of apples, brown sugar, and butter. All of which contribute to the amazing softness of the cookies.

And while we want our cookies soft, we don’t want them over-spreading in the oven and becoming too flat.

Below I am sharing a few of my best tips for making sure your cookies come out just right.

  • Use room temperature butter: Let you butter come to room temperature on the counter top. Don’t try to microwave it or it will likely be too warm.
  • Don’t overmix: Do not overmix the dough, mix until just combined.
  • Chill your dough: Don’t skip on chilling the dough. It is also helpful to remove just a handful or so of dough from the fridge to work with at a time. You don’t want the dough to get too warm. If it becomes too soft as you are working with it you can pop it in the freezer for a few minutes.
  • Use parchment: Do not grease your cookie sheets as it can cause your cookies to spread. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper instead.
  • Use cool cookie sheets: Don’t bake another batch of cookies on a cookie sheet that just came out of the oven as this will cause them to spread.

I that these tips help and that you and your family love these delicious apple cookies as much as we do!

Recipe FAQ

What apples work best for apple cookies?

Tart apples (Granny Smith, Braeburn, or Jonathan) are your best choice for this apple cookie recipe; the small pieces are slightly firm and deliver delightful bursts of flavor that complement the sweet vanilla glaze.

What can I use instead of apple pie spice?

If you don’t have any apple pie spice on hand, no worries. You can substitute with pumpkin pie spice or make your own with this easy recipe.

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4.59 from 51 votes

Soft Apple Cookies

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 22 minutes
Soft apple cookies packed with tender pieces of apple and crunchy bits of toasted pecans make these tasty cookies a completely irresistible Fall dessert.

Ingredients
 

For the cookies:

  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped tart apple like Granny Smith
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

For the glaze (optional):

  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon milk more if desired for a thinner glaze
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add in egg and buttermilk and mix until well combined, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, spice, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients (butter mixture) and stir together until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Fold in the chopped apples and pecans.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Or chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes if you are in a hurry.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Using a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon, drop dough at least 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake 11-14 minutes, or until light brown. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before moving onto cooling racks.
  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients, adjusting the consistency to preference. Wait until the cookies are just slightly warm to brush on the glaze.
  • Allow the glaze to harden then enjoy!

Notes

Pumpkin pie spice can be used instead of apple pie spice.
Pecans can be substituted with chopped walnuts.
I recommend removing just a handful or so of dough from the fridge to work with at a time to help prevent the dough from getting too warm.
Storage: Wait until the cookies cool and the glaze sets before storing. Cover cookies or place in an airtight container in between pieces of waxed paper to help prevent sticking. Pro tip: add a piece of bread to the container to help keep the cookies from being too soft and moist. When stored at room temperature, these cookies keep well for up to 5 days.
Soft Apple Cookies on Plate

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*Recipe was updated September 18, 2021 to include chilling the dough as well as updated recipe notes, tips, and FAQ.

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36 Comments

  1. I love Apple in the fall and baking with Apple is just perfect this time of year . And these cookies look amazing. I have to remember to circle back here when I am baking with apples in another couple of weeks.

  2. This looks delicious! I’ve never heard of apple cookies. However, this looks great. I’m going to make these for my little one.

  3. So disappointed…the cookies taste good but they spread out so flat and I used a cookie scoop. So soft won’t hold together.Should I have chilled the dough?

    1. Mine also ran super thin. Possibly need more flour? They tasted great just not so pretty

      1. I have just updated the recipe to include a dough chill as I have found that this helps to prevent the cookies from overspreading in the oven.

    2. The recipe has now been updated and includes chilling the dough overnight as well as some tips to help prevent spreading. I hope that you give them a try again 🙂

      1. I might have missed it but I do not see the temperature that they are baked at thank you

  4. These look like a delish way to get that apple fix in the fall that’s a little different. LOVE and can’t wait to try!!

  5. What can I sub for apple spice can’t find that yet here in my country Philippines ty

  6. The flavor of these is good, but they definitely need chilled dough! The first time I made them they spread super thin. Next time I’ll add less sugar and chop apples smaller, maybe grate them.

    1. That you for taking the time to come back and let me know how they turned out for you. I appreciate your feedback and wanted to try to improve the recipe to prevent the issue. After a busy 2 days of baking several batches and comparing chilled dough vs. unchilled dough, I have decided to update the recipe instructions to include chilling the dough as well as some tips for helping prevent cookies from spreading / becoming *too* soft.

  7. My mixture came out super soft and sticky. Almost like shortbread mixture. Also I found the cookies to go almost damp the next day. Even though they were put in an airlock container. Anyone else have that issue. Overall though, they are a very tasty cookie !

    1. Next time try chilling your dough overnight, it makes the dough easier to work with (I actually just updated the recipe instructions today to include a dough chill).

      As far as the cookies themselves, they are soft by nature. But I have found that making sure the cookies are fully cooled before storing and adding a piece of white bread to the container helps keep them from becoming *too* moist. I have also had luck re-baking them the next day for a few minutes at 350 F to take out some of the excess moisture.

  8. Dough was extremely wet even after over night chilling . Ended up added oatmeal and more flour and did not frost .
    Flavor was good , I wish everyone luck with recipe .

  9. These cookies smell great but failed in the first batch. I knew as soon as I pulled the dough out of the refrigerator it wouldn’t work but wanted to have faith. The apples over night released juices and made the batter much wetter. (as apples do when adding sugar etc) the first batch was too wet and came out flat. I added more flour and some baking powder to soak up the excess liquid and they came out perfect. No exact measurements of flour just added until it was regular dough again.

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