Whole Wheat Frosted Apple-Ginger Cookies

I found this recipe in my King Arthur Whole Wheat baking book and it intrigued me. I was looking for a whole wheat cookie, other than chocolate chip.  So I tried this one. I have had more complements and someone requested the recipe. So here it is. I do not have any pictures, but picture little brown cakes with apple spice frosting on them.

Oh, it helps if you have boiled apple cider. I bought some from K.A. bakers catalogue. It comes in a bottle and I use instead of corn syrup, although it is thinner and you have to account for it. You do not have to use it for this recipe, it just helps. But you should have apple juice for the frosting.

You need:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar corn syrup or dark corn syrup or apple cider syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 medium-small apple, peeled, cored and diced very fine
  • 1/3 minced crystallized ginger (I never did use this. Imaging how much better it would be with it)
  • 2 1/4 cups traditional whole wheat flour (but if you use white whole wheat, I won’t tell)

Beat the butter, brown sugar, salt, soda, powder, spices in a bowl until smooth. Beat in orange juice, scraping the bowl, then add the egg, corn syrup and molasses. Add the fruit and ginger, beating until well combined.

Add the flour beating until well combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet. (Oh, did I mention turning on the oven to 350?)

Bake until the are barely brown around the edges and still appear to be soft in the middle, 12 minutes. Let them cool on the pan a bit before moving to a rack.


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-5 Tbsp apple juice concentrate, thawed

Whisk all the frosting ingredients together, adding sugar or apple juice as needed to get the right frosting consistency. Frost each cooled cookie generously.

Eat them. Enjoy them and know you are getting some fiber. Whoo-hoo


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