Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Food: Brown Sugar Applesauce Cookies

These were hands down my favorite cookies from my Christmas cooking spree. They're spicy with a browned butter frosting on top. Mmmm... I ended up making several batches of these because I gave them all away before packing up the cookies for my family. I'll definitely be making them again. The recipe is from a Penzey Spice catalog.


Brown Sugar Applesauce Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Beat together the brown sugar, shortening, applesauce, and egg. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drop the dough by rounded spoonful about 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes until browned. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool, then spread with frosting.

Frosting

1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tbsp milk

Heat the butter over medium heat until delicate brown, usually 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat in the milk until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies.

Yield: 3-4 dozen depending on the size of your spoonful.

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