Sunday, August 1, 2010
Cookie Recipe #211 - Spiced Apple Drops
The apple-flavored frosting on this soft, apple chunk-filled nutty cookie contributes to the overall apple cookie experience.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1 egg, 1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup finely chopped peeled apple (I used a Granny Smith), 1 cup chopped walnuts, 4 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, softened, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3-4 tablespoons apple juice.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter; add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and cloves. Beat until combined, then beat in egg and apple juice. Mix in flour until thoroughly combined. Stir in chopped apple and walnuts distributing evenly.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Make frosting: In a large mixing bowl beat powdered sugar, softened butter, vanilla and enough apple juice to make a smooth, spreadable frosting. Spread a generous amount on each cookie and allow to harden.
Makes about 40 cookies.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.