Apple may not be as traditional as the typical oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip, but you’ll be glad you took the leap and gave these apple cookies a try. With plenty of fruit and nuts, these are hearty and wholesome enough to serve as a midday snack — but also are delicious enough you’ll snag one (or three) for dessert. Throw a scoop of vanilla, lemon, or cinnamon ice cream between two cookies for a special treat.
Grated Apple Cookies
Recipe from Ice Cream Sandwiches, by Donna Egan
Makes 12 large cookies
4 tablespoons (60 g) butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
2/3 cup (150 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 extra-large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (140 g) all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons apple juice
Scant ½ cup (50 g) walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped
½ cup (60 g) raisins (optional)
½ cup (45 g) grated tart apple, such as Granny Smith (about 1 apple)
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a couple of cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer with the beaters or paddle to cream the butter and sugar together until well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well mixed.In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to the creamed mixture in three batches, alternating with additions of the apple juice. Stir in the walnuts, raisins, and apple. Drop by teaspoons onto the greased cookie sheets, leaving 1½ to 2 inches (4 to 5 cm) between the cookies.
3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until golden brown. Immediately remove from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before filling or storing in an airtight container.
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