I promised everyone last week I would be posting some recipes with the apples we picked last weekend. I would like to introduce to you my favorite fall cookie, and quite possibly my favorite over-all cookie! The cookies are delicate and soft, filled with chunks of apple and walnuts. The frosting is a simple butter frosting with a few drops of apple juice to complete the over-all apple flavor. My mom introduced me to this cookie several years ago. It is one of those cookie recipes that you typically want to make in the Fall, due to the abundance of apples,but can be made any time of the year. Everyone that has tasted this cookie has loved it. They are quite simply hard to resist!
Apple Spice Drop Cookies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup apple juice
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup peeled tart apple, finely chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons apple juice
To Make Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and apple juice and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg. Gradually add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts.
Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely before frosting.
To Make Frosting:
Cream butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and enough apple juice to achieve spreading consistency. Spread frosting over cooled cookies.
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