German Apple Cake Cookies with Almonds & Rum Raisins


My German Apple Cake Cookies are like miniature versions of my Granny’s German Apple Cake. The batter is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and the soft cookies are studded with toasted almonds and plump rum raisins! 

German Apple Cake Cookies with Almonds and Rum Raisins

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These German Apple Cake Cookies studded with almonds and rum raisins are quick and easy to make and make for the perfect teatime treat! 

German Apple Cake is one of my favourite cakes out there as it is so easy to make and just incredibly delicious, despite its simplicity!

It also stirs up a lot of memories of my childhood in Germany as I remember my Granny baking it for each family gathering, and during apple harvest almost every weekend!

These soft Apple Cookies are a mini version of my granny’s beloved German Apple Cake.

Why this apple cake recipe works:

  • These German Apple Cake Cookies are crispy on the outside and fluffy, buttery and tender on the inside.
  •  With little chunks of juicy apples, plumb rum raisins, and toasted almonds in every bite you get the full German Apple Cake experience – in a single bite.
  • It’s such an easy cookie recipe! The prep time for these apple cookies is only 10 minutes.

Close-up of German Apple Cake Cookies with Almonds and Rum Raisins on a cookie plate

How to make German Apple Cake Cookies:

The batter for my German Apple Cake Cookies comes together within minutes. Just make sure to take butter and eggs out of the fridge in time. If you are an organized person with a baking schedule, you can remember to soak the raisins the evening before you want to bake the German apple cake cookies.

I usually just put the raisins in a bowl, cover them with some rum and let everything come to a quick boil in the microwave. Then, I just let the raisins soak at room temperature for about 2 hours. It works like a charm.

Toast the chopped almonds in a pan without oil on medium heat for 2 minutes or until they start to smell fragrant. Scrape out the vanilla bean and add the vanilla pulp to your mixing bowl together with butter, eggs, and sugar. Beat everything until very well combined and fluffy.

Mix flour, salt, spices and baking powder and add to the wet batter. Stir until the batter starts to come together. Do not overmix.  Cut the apple into quarters, peel and core. Chop into small pieces and add apples to the batter, along with almonds and raisins including remaining rum from the bowl. Stir to combine.

Shape little dough half balls, using 1 tbsp of batter at a time. Place balls on the cookie sheet and bake your apple cookies for 10 minutes. That’s it! Delicious German Apple Cake Cookies whipped up within minutes!

German Apple Cake Cookies with Almonds and Rum Raisins dusted with powdered sugar arranged on a plate

Choosing the right ingredients for my German Apple Cake Cookies:

For my German Apple Cake Cookies, I like to use a mix of golden raisins and normal raisins or sultanas as I like the differences in colour.

You can also add cranberries or dried cherries, but I like to keep this apple cookie recipe as close to the authentic German Apple Cake as possible, so I stick with raisins.

I recently discovered these Jumbo Golden Raisins by Basse and have been snacking on them like crazy. They are slightly bigger and so sweet and succulent and unlike any other raisin, I have had before. I chopped them up a bit before adding them to the batter and I really enjoyed them in these apple cookies.

Soft German Apple Cookies studded with almonds and raisins and dusted with powdered sugar

Variations on this German Apple Cake Cookie Recipe:

  • If you are trying to go without refined sugar, replaced the sugar in this recipe with Organic Coconut Palm Sugar.
  •  Use brown sugar to add more depth of flavour and a slight caramel note to these German apple cookies.
  • If possible, try and use Vanilla Beans in this apple cookie recipe. It really takes the German Apple Cake Cookies from delicious to divine.
  • You can substitute the vanilla beans with High-Quality Vanilla Bean Paste, using 1 tsp to replace one vanilla bean.

 

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German Apple Cake Cookies with almonds and raisins on a cookie plate
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German Apple Cake Cookies

My German Apple Cake Cookies are like little miniature versions of my Granny's German Apple Cake. The batter is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and the soft cookies are studded with toasted almonds and plump rum raisins! 

Course cookies,, Dessert, Snack, teatime
Cuisine europe, germany
Keyword almonds, apple cake, cookies, easy, German, raisins, soft
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 90 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 30 g golden raisins
  • 30 g sultanas or raisins
  • 150 ml rum
  • 70 g chopped almonds
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 70 g coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 100 g softened butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 g flour you can substitute half with whole wheat
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 medium apples
  • icing sugar for decoration

Instructions

  1. Put raisins in a bowl and cover with rum. Let them soak over night. For a quicker version, put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds or half a minute, so that the rum comes to a quick boil. Let raisins soak at room temperature for 2 hours.

  2. Toast the chopped almonds in a pan without oil on medium heat for 2 minutes or until they start to smell fragrant. Do not burn the nuts. Put them aside.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius. Prepare two cookie sheets and line them with parchment paper. Scrape out the vanilla bean and add the vanilla (or extract, if using) to a bowl together with butter, eggs, and sugar. Beat everything until very well combined and fluffy.

  4. Mix flour, salt, spices and baking powder and add to the wet batter. Stir until the batter starts to come together. Do not overmix.  Cut the apple into quarters, peel and core. Chop into small pieces and add apples to the batter, along with almonds and raisins including remaining rum from the bowl. Stir to combine.

  5. Shape little dough half balls, using 1 tbsp of batter at a time. Place balls on the cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check for doneness. Let cool a bit and dust with icing sugar. 

Recipe Notes

The cookies are best eaten fresh! You can, however, store the cookies in a metal tin. Note, that they will get softer (but not any less delicious) when stored in tins. 

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13 Comments

  1. Don’t these look fabulous! Not your run-of-the-mill cookie either!


  2. These sound (& look!) so yummy. I love that they’re a mini version of a cake you love. Brilliant!


  3. These looks and sound amazing!

  4. These cookies sound fabulous I could eat the whole batch!I can’t wait to try them!


  5. I love this! It sounds so good! And I love that you took your granny’s recipe and put a creative spin on it.

  6. Sehen super aus, kann man sicher auch einen Kuchen draus backen!
    Viele Grüße
    Jesse Gabriel

    • Hallo Jesse! Danke dir vielmals! Ja, also als Muff ginge das sicher. Für einen Kuchen ist der Teig eventuell etwas zu kompakt, aber möglich ist alles! Ich grüße dich ganz lieb!

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