Persimmon Cookies topped with fresh orange juice flavored glaze are on the baking list for the season!
Have you seen those beautiful orange acorn shaped fruits in the stores, but not quite sure what to use them for? Well, you’ve come to the right place for delicious homemade cookies made with hachiya persimmon pulp!
If you have never baked with persimmons, then you must give this cookie recipe a try!
Persimmon fruit is delicious in their natural state, but they also add wonderful moisture and flavor to cookies and bread.
When I see persimmons I think of my late grandmother. I can picture her tiny kitchen overflowing with ingredients for her next meal; dishes in the sink, and always a pot of beans or pozole Mexican soup simmering on the stove.
Among all the kitchen chaos, there would also be a paper bag filled with persimmons during the fall months, and peaches in the summer time.
She must have had bearing fruit trees nearby because we would often come home with our own bags of fruits.
What Is A Persimmon?
If you aren’t familiar with persimmons, there are several varieties. I mostly see Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons in the stores.
Fuyus are shaped like little pumpkins and can be eaten like an apple.
The Hachiya persimmons are shaped like an acorn or heart, and this type is what is usually added to baked items.
Photo credit: Produce Clerk
For this recipe I used the pulp from super ripe hachiya persimmons. How do you know if persimmon are ripe?
The fruit should be soft to the touch with a little bounce when gently squeezed.
In addition, you should be able to remove the leafy tops with your fingers by easily pulling and wiggling it off.
As well and pull the skin off with your fingers. Finally, the pulp should be soft enough to break apart with a fork.
Persimmon Cookie Recipe Ingredients
Most of the ingredients for this recipe are stocked in most kitchens. The persimmons can be found at grocery stores or farmer’s markets.
- Flours – I use use all-purpose and white whole wheat flour. You can use all all-purpose flour if you prefer.
- Baking soda
- Spices; cinnamon, ground coves and nutmeg
- Butter, unsalted at room temperature
- Sweetener – granulated sugar or to sweeten without sugar I like to use granulated monk fruit.
- Persimmon – Hachiya pulp (2-3 large persimmons)
- Vanilla extract
- Walnuts – chopped
- Powdered sugar
- Fresh orange juice
- Persimmon pulp (optional)
- large mixing bowl
- small mixing bowl
- mixing spoons
- measuring cups and spoons
- baking sheets
- baking cooling racks
How to make persimmon cookies
- First prepare the pulp by gently removing the skin from about 3 persimmons.
- Place in it a small bowl and set aside (the pulp should be so soft and ripe that you will just need to break up the pulp with a fork).
- Whisk the dry ingredients together.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until it’s nice and fluffy.
- Add the remaining wet ingredients, and then mix in the persimmon pulp.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients
- Fold in the nuts and with a cookie scoop place on a parchment line cookie sheet.
- Bake each batch for about 12 minutes
- Cool completely before adding the glaze.
Fall Persimmon Cookies
These persimmon cookies are soft with fall spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. The trio fills your house with the aroma of the holidays!
For this reason, I recommend freezing the dough or extra persimmon pulp in airtight freezer bags or freezer proof containers to enjoy anytime!
Do you have a recipe that reminds you of family?
I began to look forward to those cookies though, and thought it was a special cookie just known to our family, since I never saw anything like them in the stores!
Persimmon Cookies – Frequently Asked Questions
There are two main persimmon varieties; Fuyus and Hachiya. Hachiya persimmons are shaped like an acorn or heart and are best for baking.
Persimmons are naturally sweet loaded with fiber and vitamin A. Fruit in moderation is a healthy food to consume.
Yes, unglazed persimmon cookies freeze cooked or uncooked beautifully in an airtight freezer container for up to three months.
When Hachiya fruit is super soft the skin practically falls off persimmons, which is perfect for baking these cookies. The fruit will feel gushy, almost liquefied.
Seasonal persimmon cookie recipe with fresh persimmon pulp and warm fall spices. This recipe uses wheat flour giving these a earthy flavor. Top with a simple glaze.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup butter, unsalted at room temperture
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup persimmon pulp (2-3 large persimmons)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4-6 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 Tablespoon persimmon pulp
Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g
Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.
This recipe was originally published December, 2013. I have added additional content and updated the photos, November 2020.
More persimmon recipes to try
Are you enjoying seasonal persimmons? Try these other recipes using hachiya and fuyu persimmons.
Add persimmons to some savory dishes as well! Try this Fall Harvest Salad or how about Roasted Acorn Squash with Black Grapes and Cardamom Persimmons!
Persimmon Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette
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I was given a box of persimmons last summer, and had no clue what to do with them!! I am pinning this one so I have it next time!
I’ve never tried a persimmon before but now I have to! These cookies look so good!
Jennifer A Stewart
I’ve only had persimmons once but every time I hear the word I think of Daffy Duck saying “Thanks for the sour persimmons puss!” Once I start making these I know they will be a family favorite of mine too!
I just saw some persimmons at the market and had no idea what to use them in! Now I know! I cant wait to try this as Ive never had a persimmon before!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
I always see persimmons in the store around the holidays and they are so pretty and I want to buy them! I’ve never known what to make with them though but now I do! These cookies are so festive; can’t wait to try them!
I love a good cookie and these little morsels sound amazing! I don’t know much about persimmons and loved your information on them!
These are delicious and I love that you added some whole wheat flower giving these cookies a healthy twist!
I love the flavor of Persimmons, they have a unique addictive taste!
I just talked to a couple of people today that said they’re never eaten a persimmon! They’re soooo good! I think I convinced them to try them 🙂
Love Love Love persimmons and with all of those festive spices it just has to be delicious and moist. Happy holidays. BAM
Aren’t persimmons one of the most delicious fruits?! Enjoy the festive season, Bam!!
Love persimmons so am sure I would love your cookies. Like the addition of persimmon pulp to the glaze.
Thanks, Norma! The color of the pulp is so pretty. Putting it in the glaze just shows it off a bit.