Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies!


The best apple cookies ever!

Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies are the best apple cookies you’ll ever eat! Her original recipe calls for HOMEMADE applesauce, which she usually makes. But when she and I made these cookies last Friday, she used store-bought applesauce. That’s a first. The homemade applesauce, which is included in the recipe, makes the cookies better, but at her age, (93 on January 6!), store-bought was easier.

“A little something sweet” . . .

It has been a tradition in our family since the days of my Grandmama Hall, to always keep “a little something sweet” on hand, just in case company comes. That’s why Mama wanted to make her Glazed Apple Cookies. She kept some out for the family, then put the rest in the freezer for another time. She often will take one cookie out each day for herself, then several out if she knows someone is coming. The recipe made 3 1/2 dozen cookies which made more than enough to freeze.

The moral of Mama’s Baking Story is this:

  • Bake the cookies
  • Glaze and cool completely
  • Save three or four out for herself or company
  • Freeze the rest

Anytime anyone comes over, you can be sure Mama will be serving “a little something sweet”!

Making Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies . . .

The first step in making Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies is to gather all the ingredients together. That includes chopping the pecans and the fresh apple. The fresh apple, along with the applesauce, make these cookies super moist!

Once all the ingredients are mixed together, it’s simply a matter of deciding which scoop to use: small, medium or large. Or, if you prefer, use a teaspoon for smaller cookies. Mama had a medium scoop which is what we used for her cookies. She also bakes her cookies on a silpat non-stick baking mat, as you can see in the picture. That eliminates the need for nonstick cooking spray or “greasing the pan”, like in the old days:)

While the cookies were baking, Mama made the glaze. Then, when the cookies were done and transferred to her wire racks to cool, she spooned the glaze on them. The glaze consists of powdered sugar and a little lemon juice.

Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies are pretty as a picture and delicious to eat!!!

I brought a few home for Lynn, me, and some of the grandchildren to eat! NONE went to waste! These Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies are a delicious, moist apple cookie with the crunch of pecans and the soft texture of raisins. Plus the glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness. Perfect for fall, holidays, or any time!

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Mama’s Glazed Apple Cookies Recipe

Mama found this recipe years ago. She makes her own applesauce for this recipe.  We think this is one of the best cookies you will ever eat!

Ingredients for cookies:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce* (Mama usually makes the Homemade Applesauce, but you can use store-bought.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by using a Silpat nonstick baking mat or spraying them with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg, applesauce and vanilla and beat until mixed well.
  5. Add flour mixture and beat just until blended.
  6. Stir in apples, raisins and pecans with a spoon.
  7. Drop by rounded tablespoons 1-inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets. (Mama used a medium scoop.)
  8. Bake 20-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
  10. Prepare glaze by mixing powdered sugar gradually into the lemon juice being sure there are no lumps.
  11. Brush glaze over cookies with a pastry brush or drizzle from a spoon.

Homemade Applesauce

(You will need to make this ahead of time.)



  1. Peel, core and chop apples.
  2. Put in a saucepan with a little water.
  3. Bring to a boil; then turn heat on stove down to low.
  4. Cook on low heat until apples are tender when “forked”.
  5. Drain apples, then put back into pot and mash with a potato masher.



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