I love the holidays! We like to get into the Christmas spirit early at my house. So when I came across the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies & Sweets hosted by Meal Planning Magic last week and I realized I could still join in on the fun, I was excited (to say the least)!! I missed the first two weeks, but each Thursday for the next 10 weeks I will be posting my favorite Christmas cookies and other treats. I can hardly wait to try some new recipes and pass them along to you.
I am starting with one of my favorite cookie recipes from my Mom. These delicious apple pie cookies melt in your mouth. The soft and flaky cookie is a delightful complement to the tart and spicy apples. And the lemon glaze adds the perfect finishing touch.
I love aroma of the apples simmering with the spices and sugar. Definitely one of my favorite fall and winter scents.
Be sure to use lots of flour to roll out the dough as it is rather sticky. After filling the circles, simply fold them over and seal them using a fork. Here are the cookies ready to bake.
While the cookies taste rather delicious right out of the oven. The icing really finishes off the cookie.
Apple Pie Cookies
Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced
Makes 3-4 dozen
1/3 cup sour cream
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter (or margarine)
Stir together to blend sour cream, egg yolk and vanilla extract. In a separate large bowl stir together flour and sugar. Cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in sour cream mixture until well blended.
Divide dough in half and chill until easy to handle (3 hours or so).
1 tablespoon butter (or margarine)
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice*
2 medium cooking apples, peeled and chopped**
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add apples, raisins, brown sugar and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are fork tender. Remove excess liquid and cool.
*Instead of apple pie spice you could substitute 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t ground nutmeg, 1/8 t all spice, and a dash of ground ginger or cloves.
**You could use chunky applesauce in place of the apples. Or fruit preserves for the filling.
Roll each piece of dough to about 1/8 inch thickness and cut with a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Fill rounds with a skimpy teaspoon of filling. Fold in half and seal edges with a fork. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper).
Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until light brown. Remove and cool.
Lemon Sugar Icing:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1-3 teaspoons water
Mix ingredients until drizzling consistency. If too thick, add a little more water, if too thin, add more powdered sugar. Drizzle over cooled cookies (I put it in a plastic bag and cut a small hole in the corner to make it easier to drizzle).
While I have only tried the apple filling, these cookies would be amazing with any kind of pie filling – pumpkin, peach, berry – You get the idea. They would be a fun addition to your holiday dinners and make lovely gifts for friends and family.
What is your favorite holiday cookie or treat?
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