Scottish Tea Cookies with Apple Butter

4.56 from 9 votes

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A month or so back, a kind lady from Musselman’s emailed me and offered to send me a bottle of Musselman’s Apple Butter so that I could come up with a tasty new use for it. 

a close up of apple butter cookies

I eagerly agreed to do my best and as a result of my own cravings and a little bit of creativity, these Scottish Tea Cookies with Apple Butter were born.

A pile of fruit and cookies
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I’m only beginning to appreciate apple butter.  I grew up enjoying it although it seems it was only around after trips to visit family in Ontario, Canada which was a short two hour drive or so from my childhood home in the foothills of New York state’s Adirondack mountains. 

To this day, I haven’t figured out why there seemed to be no local source of apple butter in those parts.  As time goes on though I’m beginning so surmise it was a great excuse of my mom and dad to pay visits to their dear cousins who lived north of the border.

A close up of food, with Cookies and Apple butter

A few months back, we picked up some apple butter from a local farmer’s market and I put together this  apple butter meatloaf which turned out really, really tasty.  From that experience, I learned that apple butter is compatible with just about anything you can think of.  Apple butter goes well with  bread, meat, as a side, and as I found out with this recipe – cookies.  

Aside from the jar of Mussleman’s apple butter that was sent to me, the Mennonite Community Cookbook, a standard kitchen “Bible” in our family, provided me with some further inspiration via its Scottish Tea Cookie recipe which I modified for these cookies. 

As a sugar base, powdered sugar is used in these in lieu of the granulated form.  This helps construct a soft yet firm cookie, almost biscuit-like in the old English sense.  

A dollop of apple butter is seated in a center well and the rest is… dreamy.  Addictive.  Delicious.  And fall.   Pick up some apple butter and make these. They are simple and they will make you smile and crave  just one more.  Happy fall.   -Dan

The Good people from Musselman’s Apple Butter are offering a free jar of their apple butter to one lucky follower of Platter Talk.  Details and entry information follow below.  Good luck!

A close up of food on a plate, with Cookies and Apple butter


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Scottish Tea Cookies with Apple Butter

4.56 from 9 votes
A Platter Talk Exclusive, inspired by my love of apples and the Mennonite Community Cookbook
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 36 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup apple butter


  • Combine salt, sugar, shortening and butter.
  • Add flour a bit at a time, working in like a pastry to a crumbly consistency.
  • In separate bowl, beat eggs and and vanilla.
  • Add egg mixture to flour mixture and mix till smooth.
  • Chill dough in fridge for at least one hour.
  • Shape chilled dough into balls 1 inch in diameter.
  • Place dough balls on greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart and flatten with palm of hand.
  • Use thumb to create well in center of each cookie.
  • Place a few tablespoons of apple butter in small zip-lock bag.
  • Snip corner of bag with scissors to create small opening.
  • Squeeze apple butter into each well, filling slightly above level of dough.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until light brown in color.


Calories: 145kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 63mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 107IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: scottish
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  1. 5 stars
    My husband’s family descent is Scottish and I’m always looking for recipes to try. Being Southern, I love apple butter. Mixing these two together – glorious. We absolutely LOVED these cookies!

  2. 4 stars
    Oh my gosh, these cookies look too delicious. Never even heard of apple butter until coming across this post. Will definitely need to check that out. Thanks!

    1. Peter, I hope you try the cookies AND some apple butter! Thanks for the great comments.

  3. These cookies are so pretty. I love that you used apple butter, rather than jelly. You are being featured this week, at Simple Supper Tuesday. I hope you can join us again, starting at 8pm, on Monday night!

  4. These cookies look great, I love apple butter. I have pinned this to try, they look like they’d be a perfect fall cookie! 🙂