Soft Apple Maple Cookies

These Soft Apple Maple Cookies are easy to make, they’re packed with fall flavors, moist, and they’re a relatively healthy dessert too.

This post was originally published in October 2015. I have taken and updated the photos and added a note to the recipe while the blog post and recipe themselves remain unchanged. 

I respect all doctors. It’s one of the most (if not the most) difficult and important professions ever.

However, sometimes doctors could be so callous.

Last fall we got a new physician. Very nice guy. But having made some blood tests, he told we both had a higher level of cholesterol. That was quite strange indeed because we don’t consume a lot of food high in cholesterol.

Worse, having tortured us with his questions scrutinized our regular menu he summed up that the reason might have been the sweets we consume. And thus, he recommended to drastically cut down on sweets, especially ice cream.

You see my point?

To ask us to reduce sweets? How callous is that!

I mean, you can ask us don’t eat red meat at all – totally fine. Eggs – that’s doable. Even cookies – quite sad but not the end of the World.

But Ice Cream? That’s a big NO. And cheese too.

Honestly, I was baffled for a day. Then I decided we would be the good boys, and we would be following this piece of advice. By saying ‘we’ sure I meant Andrey first of all.

I was really strong, for a day or two. Then I figured out our lives were becoming desperate. As a result, I went to the kitchen to make something delicious and healthy. Since we had a lot of apples from an orchard, I decided to make Soft Apple Maple Cookies.

First of all, I fully eliminated any butter, but I added a bit of olive oil. Because olive oil is an essential healthy produce (Note: When I was making the recipe again in October 2018, I used coconut oil instead, and it worked perfectly too!)

Next, I didn’t put any eggs.

And lastly, I didn’t use sugar. Instead, I incorporated a bit of maple syrup. It is still high in sugar but better than refined sugar.

I didn’t have a particular recipe; I was just following my instincts. And they didn’t let me down! These Soft Apple Maple Cookies turned out really good. It’s hard to describe their texture, but they’re moist, fluffy, and lovely. The only one drawback they have, it’s their appearance. They don’t look too fancy.

However, I decided they were too healthy, that’s why I covered them with the additional sugar. But that’s an absolutely optional element. In fact, the natural sweetness of the apples and maple syrup in the butter is enough for your sweet teeth. The glaze just introduces the deeper maple flavor. You can easily ditch it. If you like the idea of this glaze, you could omit the maple syrup in the butter.

Even now we still have our ice cream quite often, I make these Soft Apple Maple Cookies too. For example, this fall I’ve already made them three times. Once I incorporated some spices such as cardamom and star anise and once I substituted wheat flour for buckwheat. All these variations were good.

All right, they might be not the healthiest cookies but still!

And didn’t I mention they are really good with ice cream? Just kid:)


Soft Apple Maple Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Category: Baking: Sweet, Cookies

Servings: 12-16 cookies

These Healthy Apple Cookies are moist, fluffy, and sweet. Plus they don't have any butter, eggs, or refined sugars.


  • 1 cup grated apple (packed, with juices) - about 2 medium apples
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (340 degrees F).
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for cookies.
  3. Spoon out some (1 tablespoon) mixture and slightly press with the fingers to give a shape and remove the excessive liquid.
  4. Place the cookies on a baking tray covered with parchment and slightly sprayed. Bake for about 15-17 minutes. When hot, they will remain soft and moist.
  5. Completely cool and cover with the glaze if desired.
  6. To make the glaze, just combine all the ingredients until smooth.



6 thoughts on “Soft Apple Maple Cookies

  1. Ben, these cookies look amazing and they sound even better! I think you should take a plate to your doctor and let him give them a try. They seem perfectly healthy to me! But I’m not a doctor ( I just pretend to be sometimes). Great post!

  2. I am sorry to hear about your cholesterol level.
    Though I never had a massive sweet tooth, I used to eat a lot of refined sugar a few years ago. Then I slowly started to change my diet and it was totally incredible. First everything tasted weird and not sweet enough, but after a few weeks my taste buds had changed. And now conventional sugar tastes artificially sweet for me. I use ripe smashed bananas or mangoes as a sweetener, or sometimes dates or maple syrup if I want something extra sweet. It’s so amazing, how your taste can change :)
    BTW these cookies look and sound so delicious! Just like a perfect little fall treat!
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  3. I’m no doctor. And that’s exactly why I’m going to give you medical advice. I’ve heard recently that the connection between cholesterol in your diet and in your blood has been debunked. It’s more genetic than diet. That’s what I heard, anyway. Personally, I think that nutrition is more like a religion than a science. Nonetheless, how can you go wrong with apples and maple syrup? What a great flavor combination!
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  4. You know what they say…an apple a day keeps the doctor away! So I think that can be translated into an apple cookie a day keeps the doctor away. Good logic, right? Sorry to hear about your loss of lavender ice cream. I’ll send you pictures of me eating it instead. :-) Hope you guys have a great weekend!
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