Apple Cookies – Яблочное Печенье

Apple Cookies copyOn my parents property, they have numerous apple trees. As I was growing up, we would pick so many apples in the autumn and make all kinds of great things from apples – apple sauce, dried apple chips and Apple Sharlotka. To this day, I still love baking with apples. Whenever the kitchen starts to smell sweet from baked apples, it brings me back to those warm memories of picking apples with my siblings, from the ground and from the tree branches in the crisp but warm fall days. These cookies have such an uncomplicated loveliness – simple and quick to make and taste just as straightforward but enticingly tasty. I found the recipe from a Russian recipe forum and have been making them for years.

Yields: about 50 cookies

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 sticks of butter, melted and slightly cooled

4 cups flour

1  1/4 teaspoons baking powder

3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Powdered sugar, to dust the cookies

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, mix the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Add the vanilla and butter. Mix to combine. Meanwhile, whisk the flour and baking powder and then add to the dough just until incorporated.  Cut the apples right before adding to the dough to prevent browning as much as possible.  Add the apples and mix with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to combine.  Place rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just beginning to brown around the edges. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like.Apple Cookies copy

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Apple Cookies – Яблочное Печенье

  • Author: Olga's Flavor Factory
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 50 cookies 1x
  • Category: Sweets

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 sticks of butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Powdered sugar, to dust the cookies

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, mix the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and butter. Mix to combine.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk the flour and baking powder and then add to the dough just until incorporated.
  5. Cut the apples right before adding to the dough to prevent browning as much as possible. Add the apples and mix with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to combine.
  6. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just beginning to brown around the edges. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like.

 

39 Comments

      • Natalia Lazarchuk

        Thank you so much! By the way, love your recipes so far ( I’m new to this blog). I appreciate the directions with pictures posted for every step because I am a novice when it comes to baking. You are very thorough. I made your “Spartak” cake last weekend along with the bees and it was gorgeous. Was gone in one day. This weekend I’m planning to make the lady fingers cake for our 4 yr anniversary. Looking forward to eating it! God Bless….

  • Marina

    I made these cookies yesterday for kids as an after school snack. They were so quick to make. Instead of chopping the apples I just shredded them on the shredder. Kids really loved them warm. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!!!

  • Alla

    I was making this and realized it called for baking powder, but the instructions said baking soda, which one did you use? Thanks

  • Ilona

    I just made these and they came out delicious.. I love baking with apples as well and love that these are so easy to make and so moist..Thanks for sharing this!

  • Diana

    I was wondering if you could share the recipe for Sharltka?? I am definitely going to try these cookies out!! especially in the fall and winter months:) I was looking through your recipes and more than half of them my mom makes exactly the same!!

  • Olga G

    Hi Olga! I wanted to try making these without the apples. Do you think the batter will still be ok without them? My kids don’t like fruit in cookies. I’ve made them once before and they picked all the apples out and ate the cookie part.

    • olgak7

      Ha ha!
      I’ve never made them without apples, but I’m pretty sure the cookies will be fine without them. You could try them with nuts, raisins or chocolate chips, etc.

  • bella

    Hi Olga! I made these cookies yesterday, they are amazingly delicious!! my parents plant apple trees as well so we have apples in the house all year round 🙂 and this was a wonderful way that made even those who don’t like apple, including my 2y.o. son, fall in love with them! can’t wait to try other recipes from your blog! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Olga

    Olga, what kind of flour did you use? ….cause I used all purpose flour…and 4cups were kinda too much…so nxt time will just add less…or maybe eggs were smaller…don’t know. But still cookies were tasty 🙂

  • Lena

    I made these today and they are good! Very quick and easy to make. Mine weren’t as pretty though. How did u make yours nice and round? Ps cook time on the printable part says 40 min

    • olgak7

      Hi Lena!
      I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the cookies.
      To make them round, just roll the dough around in your hands to make a round shape before placing them on the baking sheet.
      As for the cooking time, 40 minutes would be the total baking time, since you are baking multiple baking sheets of cookies, not just once, for 12-14 minutes. It would actually take slightly longer if you bake them for 14 minutes.

  • Beth

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. My Girl Scouts have Russia for World Thinking Day and trying to come up with Russian food was not going so well, until I found your blog! The cookies are sure to be a hit. I did end up using a Granny Smith apple and they turned out great!

  • Irina

    So delicious , will be making them again and will add chopped nuts for a little crunch. Thanks for the post.

  • Elena Mae

    Hi Olga! My son is getting married to a wonderful Russian girl and I wanted to represent her country at the cookie table. What cookies would you suggest and do they freeze well; I’m sure we will have to make some ahead of time because of time restraints!
    Thanks!

  • Ilona

    We loved these cookies! The only problem is that with our oven it took several check and over 20 minutes of baking in total. For some reason it just takes longer to bake anything.
    I know this is an old recipe, so you probably already heard it, but just in case – I’ve read somewhere that you can sprinkle cut apples with lemon to prevent browning. I tried it once, works pretty well.

    • olgak7

      I’m not sure, Maria, since I’ve never frozen these cookies myself for sure. I usually freeze the cookie dough, which works GREAT, but have never tried freezing the baked cookies. If you try it, please let me know if it works:).

  • Inna

    Hi Olga! These cookies are delicious and soft and easy to make it. Everyone loved them. Just baked them about 30 minutes. Thank you for wonderful recipe.

  • Andrew Baalman

    Hi Olga, I just had some Russian Apple Jam from a Russian Military Ration; and it was amazing. I’ve been curious about eating and trying some ancestral food from Russia, so got some Rations, and it was amazing. Where can I find the Apple Jam in the United States? I’ve been searching, but haven’t found it yet. Bought some Apple Butter and love that stuff. If you can let me know, that will be a great help.

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