Iced Spelt Persimmon Cookies

persimmon cookies / Patty's Food

With a few adaptions, such as using spelt flour, these are the same cookies we made every year when our neighbors gave us a bag of ripe persimmons from their tree.  So, last Saturday at the farmer’s market when I saw the display of ripe, cookie ripe, persimmons I could only think of one thing…make persimmon cookies to take a trip down family cookie memory lane.  I made a double batch of these cookies and invited my grandsons, Noah (8) and JD (almost 6) to help me spread on the icing.  They ate a few, so making the double batch was the right idea.  I also had enough to send them home with a bag of cookies, plus extra to share with my persimmon cookie loving friends.  I like the idea of carrying on the family baking traditions to another generation, especially the cookie baking traditions.

These days when we’re all so busy with the holidays I find myself going more for quick and easy baking projects- just like my iced spelt persimmon cookies.  Everybody loves these seasonal drop cookies and while I like to try new recipes, some of the older ones are just too good to forget about.  I can’t think of a better cookie jar cookie, they are real keepers but shared with your family they won’t last that long.

A few more quick thoughts about baking these cookies -I find myself using more spelt flour, just bought another bag this morning-it’s good mixed with all purpose flour and as I found with these persimmon cookies, it’s good used all by itself.  We may also have used half shortening and half butter in this recipe originally, so if you want to try it that way, they will also be tender and full of persimmon flavor.

Cher won the Mug Cake cookbook giveaway from last week so congratulations Cher!!!  I will be contacting you for your address and I hope you enjoy the cookbook.

persimmon cookies / Patty's Food

Iced Spelt Persimmon Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Adapted from my grandmother.


  • 1 cup pulp from about 2- 3 persimmons
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups spelt flour, or all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins and dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • for the icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or more if needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
  3. Mix together the persimmon pulp and baking soda in a small bowl, set aside.
  4. Mix together the flour, spices and salt, set aside.
  5. Place the sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment and cream until light and fluffy, a few minutes.
  6. Add the egg and vanilla, mix until combined.
  7. Mix in the persimmon pulp, then the flour mixture, raisins/cranberries and walnuts.
  8. Scoop the cookie dough out by rounded tablespoons.
  9. Bake for about 12 minutes, cool on metal racks.
  10. to make the icing
  11. Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and blend until smooth.
  12. Place a rounded teaspoon on each cooled cookie and spread with a small offset spatulas or small flat knife

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  1. These cookies look awesome , love frosting on my cookies and these warm spices are yummy!

  2. I love persimmon cookies and the icing makes these extra special!

  3. I can just smell the holidays in these fantastic persimmon cookies! I’ve never tried spelt flour before.

  4. These cookies look gorgeous and so festive! The icing with the pumpkin pie spice sounds SO GOOD!

  5. These look great Patty – the world definitely needs more persimmon recipes floating around. There seems to be a dearth of them.

    Thanks again for the book. Yay! I am looking forward to setting the girls loose on that one.

  6. They look just like persimmon cakes…and with my favourite grain spelt. Excellent!

  7. What pretty cookies. I don’t think I’ve ever tried spelt flour, but I’ve seen it used in baking on some blogs. Hmm, wonder how hard it is to find.

  8. Such pretty cookies. I haven’t tried cooking with spelt flour, but I’d love to try. I wish persimmons were easier to get here!

  9. I love family recipes passed down from one generation to another and how fun that you got your grandsons involved Patti. I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I’ve only had persimmons a few times in my life and never in cookies but these sound wonderful with all the warm spices.

  10. Persimmons are such a lovely fall treat and not everyone knows of their sweet and appealing taste. A shared family tradition that includes baking is an exceptional way to enjoy these scrumptious Iced Persimmon Cookies!

  11. These look VERY tasty Patty! I have some persimmons that a friend gave to me – might just have to make these! Hope you had a great weekend.

  12. I have made a lot of cookies Patty, but I’ve yet to make ones with persimmons. These are such beautiful and seasonal treats. What a great gift to make and share! Thank you for sharing them with me!

  13. Nice story and beautiful cookies! ela :)

  14. Oh my these look AMAZING ! I am enjoying a cup of tea and, embarrassed to say, a subpar Costco macadamia nut cookie as I write this and boy do I wish I had one of yours :) Love the memories you shared about the cookie, the persimmons and how you share them this year and in the past. That part of cooking is actually an important “ingredient” :) I have actually never had a persimmon cookie…possibly not even a persimmon either – but you have whet my curiousity about this and the spelt flour. Thanks for the inspiration and happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours !!

  15. I love baking the cookies that my mom baked with me, and doing that with my son. I hope that he likes it and wants to carry it on when he is older too! I have never had a persimmon cookie before, but they look wonderful.

  16. I must try using persimmon and spelt flour…have never tried either yet. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a persimmon! :) Such pretty holiday cookies. Ok, next time I come across some persimmons, trying and starting with these cookies. Happy Holidays to you and your family, Patty!

  17. What a special treat that you’re sharing your Grandmother’s recipe. Beautiful photo and delicious sounding cookies Patti. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  18. These are just like some my grandmother made as well each year when her friend delivered a big bag of persimmons. This gets me thinking… Have a great holiday!

  19. These cookies look wonderful. I’ve got to try them. This is my first visit to your site, and I am so pleased to have found you!

  20. These cookies look amazing Patty. I have never eaten a persimmon because I really have no idea what to do with them, but these cookies are the perfect way to use them.

  21. Simply beautiful cookies, Patty! I have never baked with spelt, but would love to give it a try! Love persimmons…these cookies certainly sound like winners!

  22. Your cookies look amazing Patty. I admit that I have never eaten a persimmon in any form.

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