Thursday, August 30, 2007

Caramel Apple Cookies ..... Are you looking for a good cookie recipe for the lunch box or after school treat?

Caramel Apple Cookies
This is a recipe from Midwest Living magazine. This magazine has never let me down with a recipe that hasn't been rated delicious or a five star!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup apple juice or milk
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
1 large tart apple such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and coarsely shredded (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons apple juice
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on high speed for 30 seconds. Add 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt. Beat until well combined scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg until well combined. Add 1/2 cup apple juice; beat on low speed until combined ( mixture will look curdled). Beat in as much of the flours as you can with the mixer; stir in any remaining flour. Fold in apple.
Drop by slightly rounded teaspoons on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake in 350 oven about 10 minutes or until tops are lightly browned. Let stand two minutes on cookie sheets. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
In a small saucepan, heat and stir 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons butter and three Tablespoons apple juice over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar. Spread frosting on cooled cookies and immediately sprinkle with toasted pecans. If frosting begins to harden, stir in a very small amount of apple juice to make spreading consistency.

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