Yet again I am returning to the spicy apple desserts. Even though I absolutely love the summertime, I will be happy when the autumn comes and apples are all around town, just waiting to be plucked and baked. Berries are so gorgeous in desserts, as are other summer fruits, but apples- oh, their taste in sweets is just hard to beat.
The other night, I came across a couple of banged up Granny Smith apples at the bottom of our produce basket, so I thought I would make some apple cookies that I had bookmarked from Allrecipes a little while ago. It was one of those baked goods that completely filled my house with a delightful smell that still lingered the next day, the sweet aroma of apples, nutmeg, cinnamon, and sugar. The cookies themselves are soft and quite cake-like, with a sugary hardened glaze covering the tops. I admittedly ate them for breakfast the following morning with a cup of black tea- perfection.
Glazed Apple Cookies: altered from Allrecipes
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup apples - peeled, cored and finely diced
1 cup raisins (I used golden)
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons milk
Beat butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and blend thoroughly.
Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Stir half the dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts, apple and raisins, then stir in remaining half of dry ingredients and milk. Mix well.
Drop from tablespoon 1 1/2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove cookies to racks and while still warm, spread with glaze.
To make Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and enough cream to make glaze of spreading consistency. Beat until smooth. Spread on warm cookies.