Friday, March 23, 2012

Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting

We had friends over from Portland Monday night, so I made dinner and dessert. I heard great reviews of this cookie recipe, so thought I'd try it. My friends is also my cooking "mentor", so I always feel comfortable trying new recipes when she and her husband come over. She has a food blog you should check out: The Joyful Table.

These cookies were great! After the chicken and pesto dish we had, we didn't want anything too rich, so these were perfect. Light and fluffy. This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies, so be ready to share with your neighbors, friends, moms group, etc. Freezing them for later is an option too. :)

Applesauce Cookies with Caramel Frosting 
Recipe from Chef-in-Training

Ingredients: 
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs 
2 cups applesauce
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves (I didn't have cloves, so I substituted with nutmeg) 

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 375° F 

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside. 
Cream sugar and shortening together.
Add eggs and applesauce and mix well. 
Add in dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated 

Drop small spoonful of batter on greased cookie sheet 

Bake for 8-10 minutes 

*While cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting

Caramel Frosting 
6 tbsp butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the butter, heavy whipping cream and brown sugar. 

Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool, then stir in the powdered sugar. 

Spread frosting over the cookies and enjoy! These are moist and fluffy. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. 

2 comments:

  1. Sounds Yummy, I may make them for friends coming over on Sunday evening for games!

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  2. Great Lorrie! The next time I make them, I may try them a little longer in the oven. The recipe calls for 8-10 minutes, and in my oven, it made them just perfectly fluffy and moist. However, since I had some leftovers, I saved them in an air-tight container for a couple days, and I thought they were a little too soft. I think they might also taste great with a very slight crunch to them too. Have fun with your friends Sunday!

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