Apple Sugar & Spice Holiday Cookies

Apple Sugar & Spice Holiday cookies start as a traditional butter cookie.  Then they are spiked with warm cinnamon and pumpkin spice, and finished with little slices of tart green winter apple. #fbcookieswap “Yay-Yum!”  (Feel free to use that)

Oh, the holidays!  Baking concoctions of cookies and pies, truffles and spiced nuts, so many to try- so short of a season. While I was browsing delicious recipe ideas last year on one of my favorite blogs, I noticed a pretty cookie swap icon, and as curiosity took over, I clicked on it…. and low and behold it was open for joining, just had to wait for it to come around again this year and I was in on the cookie swap.  Yes!!  This is how it goes…

Cookies for you
Cookies for me
Cookies for kids cancer!

This recipe yields 3-4 dozen petite cookies, which is perfect because you’ll want at least a dozen to yourself… I did.  Don’t judge me.  Apples, Nuts, ummm 2 sticks of butter? Well, 2 out 3 on the healthy scale’s not too bad.

First soften that butter to a nice room temp.  To speed up the process, (because we need cookies now!) cut the butter into cubes.  Then cream the butter and sugar, add some egg, and toss in the flour & spice until it becomes a nice big ball of cookie dough goodness, then fold in sliced almonds for a satisfying crunch addition.

Thin slice a crisp apple, any will do but granny smiths are always my choice.  Scoop teaspoon sizes of cookie dough, press apple slices on top, and sprinkle a touch of sugar over each cookie.

Apple Sugar & Spice Holiday Cookies
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Petite apple cookies, baked with holiday cinnamon and sugar


  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1 Green Apple


  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice and cinnamon
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar
  4. Mix in the egg and vanilla
  5. Mix in the flour mixture, a little at a time
  6. Fold in sliced almonds
  7. Scoop teaspoon sizes of cookie dough onto a baking mat or parchment lined cookie sheet
  8. Thinly slice the apple and press slices into the cookies
  9. Sprinkle with raw sugar
  10. Bake 10 min


Enjoy with warm cider or a frosty glass of milk

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