Apple and honey cookies

Golden, soft-chewy, and studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple and 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 can’t we ring the changes a little bit? Please?

Apples and honey

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

If you’re trying to sell your house, make these apple and honey cookies 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. It beats coffee or fresh bread any day. 

Good things come to she who waits…

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 and studded with apple pieces, these gorgeous apple and honey cookies are richly flavoured and indulgent.

An appreciative audience

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! People made 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. And, many crumbs and smiles later, there were no apple and honey cookies left to take home again.

DH, who is generally 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. It seems like 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

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

Course Cookie, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine European, jewish
Keyword apple, honey
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 114 kcal
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 170 g self-raising flour (1⅓ cups)
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 85 g butter (or margarine) (¾ stick)
  • 45 g caster sugar (¼ cup)
  • 45 g light muscovado sugar (scant ¼ cup)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp runny honey
  • Half an apple

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (440°F). 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 discard. Cut the apple flesh into small dice and 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 200°C (400°F), 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

114 calories, 4g fat, 1g protein, 18g carbs

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

I’m entering these gorgeous apple and honey cookies into this month’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

23 Comments:

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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

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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 🙂 Looking forward to seeing everyone else’s yummy bakes. H x.

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