Recipe: Maple Glazed Apple Spice Cookies
The only consolation for summer ending is the beginning of fall, and more specifically, the beginning of apple season. I love apples—snacking on them, cooking with them, and especially baking with them. Yesterday I picked up a whole bushel of crisp, sweet apples from my favorite orchard. And today I’ve got a recipe for you that will make your taste buds swoon and your home smell like everything you love about fall.
Maple Glazed Apple Spice Cookies
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/3 cups brown sugar, packed
2 cups flour, sifted
1 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
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and sugar together. Add egg and mix until mixture is creamy. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together. Add about half of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well. Add nuts and apples and combine thoroughly before adding the remaining flour mixture and milk.
Bake rounded tablespoons on a prepared cookie sheet for 9-10 minutes. While baking, make your glaze by mixing all the ingredients together until smooth and glossy. Remove golden brown cookies from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Glaze warm cookies with a generous drizzle.