Monday, November 1, 2010
Cookie Recipe #303 - Frosted Apple Drops
Today's recipe produces a spicy, soft cookie packed with bits of apple and chewy raisins and finalized with a scrumptious layer of apple frosting. Nuts may be added, if desired.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened, 1 1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon EACH baking soda and ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon EACH salt, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg, 1/4 cup apple juice or milk, 1 cup EACH raisins and peeled, finely chopped apples. Apple frosting: 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, a dash of salt, about 2 tablespoons apple juice or milk.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy; beat in egg. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with apple juice, mixing well after each addition; stir in raisins and apples.
Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Prepare Apple Frosting: In a bowl, beat butter and powdered sugar until creamy. Beat in vanilla, salt and enough of the apple juice to obtain a good spreading consistency. Spread a generous amount over each cookie while still warm. Let cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
"Sunset Cookies", Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA, 1985.