Thursday, August 28, 2014

Glazed Applesauce Cookies


These sweet apple cookies with raisins are always fun to take to friends and events. I remember taking these to neighbors in Utah, and one neighbor asking for recipe because she, "love[s] the little raisins in them." I took these to a church event in Sacramento just a few weeks ago and was told "they taste like a trip to Apple Hill." Apple Hill is a group of ranches near Sacramento with lots of apple orchards and fun events. I was flattered that these cookies reminded her of such a neat place.



Oven: 400 F     Yields: 20 small cookies  
Total Time: 35 minutes (including cooling and applying glaze)

Ingredients


1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce (store bought or see my recipe for easy homemade applesauce)
1/2 cup raisins

Directions


1) Preheat oven to 400 F.

2) Heat about 1 cup water in microwave until very hot. Add raisins and let sit while you prepare the cookie dough. (If the raisins are very hard, make sure the water is boiling before adding the raisins. My raisins were really fresh, so they needed little plumping.)

3) Using electric beaters, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Add egg, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg and blend. Add white flour, wheat flour, and applesauce and blend. The dough will be very sticky and soft, almost closer to a cake batter than a cookie dough. Drain raisins well and stir in with a large spoon.

4) Scoop onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 F for 9-12 minutes until firm when the tops are pressed.

5) Cool on rack. Glaze with recipe below.
I soak my raisins in hot water while I mix up the very soft dough
For Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons half-and-half (or milk)

  • Beat together powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and 1 tablespoon half-and-half (or milk). Add 1 more tablespoon if needed for consistency. Spread or drizzle over warm cookies.
Half-and-half makes a really delicious glaze, but I only do that if I have some leftover from another recipe, like butternut squash soup. 





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