Spiced Apple Drops


Three different spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) flavor these scrumptious apple-and-nut cookies.

Spiced Apple Drops
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
40 cookies


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • cup granulated sugar

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup apple juice or apple cider

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely chopped, peeled apple

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 recipe Apple Frosting

  • Ground nutmeg (optional)

Apple Frosting

  • 4 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3 tablespoon apple juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.

  2. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and apple juice until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour, the apple, and walnuts.

  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Frost cookies with Apple Frosting. If desired, sprinkle with additional ground nutmeg.

Apple Frosting

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and enough apple juice to make a frosting of spreading consistency.

To Store:

Layer unfrosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

140 Calories
6g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 1g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 34mg 1%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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