Apple and honey cookies

Golden, soft-chewy & studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple & honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent. A wonderful Rosh Hashana treat!

As much as I enjoy honey cake, I do find that Rosh Hashanah baking can get a bit, well, samey. I know it’s traditional and all that, but still, can’t we ring the changes a little bit? Please?

This year I decided to try and make some apple and honey cookies. Apples and honey are about the most traditional and recognisable foods of the Jewish new year holiday, and incorporating them into a delicious cookie seemed like a good idea. I started with a trusty, never-fail cookie recipe, and reworked it into something approaching what I was after. 

If you’re trying to sell your house, make these just before people come to look round. While the cookies were in the oven, baking, my house was filled with the most glorious smell you can imagine. Honestly. Beats coffee or fresh bread anyday. It was only the knowledge that I would be horribly burned if I tried to climb into the oven and eat them, that prevented me from trying it…

Oh boy they were worth the wait though. Golden, soft-chewy, studded with gooey apple pieces and richly flavoured with floral notes of honey and vanilla. What a cookie!


Golden, soft-chewy & studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple & honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent.

I took (most of) a batch with me to our local La Leche League meeting, and the breastfeeding mums (and a few kids) polished off the lot! There were appreciative noises. There were enquiries as to the presence of white chocolate – there isn’t any in there, but weirdly, I could taste it too. There were crumbs and smiles. There were no apple and honey cookies left to take home again ๐Ÿ™

DH, not a great eater of cookies, had had a nibble “just to taste” the evening before. He looked pretty disappointed when I came home with a completely empty box. There’s nothing else for it, I’ll have to make another batch…

Happy New Year! Makes 16 apple and honey cookies.

Golden, soft-chewy & studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple & honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent. A wonderful Rosh Hashana treat!

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Apple and honey cookies
Yields 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
114 calories
18 g
11 g
4 g
1 g
3 g
31 g
22 g
9 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114
Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 22mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 170g (1 1/3 cups) self-raising flour
  2. 0.25 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  3. 85g (3/4 stick) butter (or margarine)
  4. 45g (1/4 cup) caster sugar
  5. 45g (scant 1/4 cup) light muscovado sugar
  6. 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 3 tbsp runny honey
  8. Half an apple
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a non-stick liner.
  2. Put the flour and bicarb into a bowl and rub in the butter. Stir in the sugars and the vanilla.
  3. Warm the honey (I put it in the oven while I mix the other ingredients) then pour onto the dry ingredients and mix well to combine into a soft dough.
  4. Cut the core out of the apple and cut into small dice. Mix into the dough.
  5. Take walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into balls. Space well apart on the prepared baking sheet, and bake for 8-12 minutes at 200C, until spread out and golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Allow to cool completely before eating.
  1. You can do steps 2 and 3 in a food processor, but be sure to transfer the dough to a bowl and add the apple pieces by hand if you do this.
 Golden, soft-chewy & studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple & honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent.

Iโ€™m entering these gorgeous apple & honey cookies into this monthโ€™s Treat Petite, hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer. I’m also adding them to Bake of the Week, hosted by Casa Costello

  Casa Costello


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  3. Hi Helen,
    What type of apple did you use? Will a Bramley work for this recipe?

  4. Hi –
    I am writing from the US. Recipe looks great. could you please help me….what “caster sugar” and “muscovado sugar”. Also, what temp in F should I bake and for how long? thank you!!

  5. Looks yummy! Can they be made with oil instead? I want to keep them dairy free and don’t like using margarine. Thanks!

    • Hi Batia, I think the recipe wouldn’t work with liquid oil, although you could try using coconut oil which is solid at room temperature. I’m not promising it will work but it should be better than using liquid oil! Let me know if you try it how they turn out. Thanks, Helen x.

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  10. I wouldn’t normally want to put apple in cookies because of the moisture content but you have persuaded me otherwise. These look so delicious =)

  11. Love that crackle on top Helen!

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  14. Now that is cookie dough to die for. Mmmm. Surprised we got any cookies! X

    • Glad you enjoyed it. Somewhat astonishingly, I didn’t sample it raw! I will have to make another batch and give it a go… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Ooh these look and sound just delicious – Perfect for packed lunches! Thanks so much for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek – Great to have you part of the gang x

    • Thanks Helen! My lunchbox-packing career doesn’t start till next week, but you’re right, I should put these on the list ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s yummy bakes. H x.

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