Thursday, September 23, 2010

Apple Butter Cookies

This recipe is the pick for September's Cookie Carnival run by Tami's Kitchen Table Talk. This is a no pressure, easygoing and fun group. (Tami is a sweetheart!)

The recipe comes from Anna Olson of Food Network Canada. It's like a little taste of Fall in every bite. The apple butter is mixed right into the cookie dough and also sandwiched between dollops of dough before it is baked.

A couple of days ago I made my own Honey-Spiced Apple Butter which made my entire house smell better than any air freshener I've ever plugged in. Cinnamonny-sweet apples on a cool, rainy day. I highly suggest making your own apple butter if you haven't already. You can do so many great things with it including these comforting apple butter cookies that remind me of muffin tops. I love muffin tops so by extension, I love these cookies! Have you tried those soft Voortman's brand cookies? These are kinda like that texture. Mmmmm.
I also like to think that with all the apple butter in them, I'm squeezing a fruit serving into my diet too :)

Apple Butter Cookies
Makes 24 | adapted from Anna Olson

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fancy molasses
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 + 1/2 cup apple butter
2 large egg yolks
1 large egg
2 cups pastry flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar together until smooth. Stir in molasses, sour cream and 1/2 cup apple butter. Stir in yolks and eggs.
In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients and gently stir into butter mixture. Spoon or pipe 2/3 of batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking tray, leaving 1 ½-inches between them. Spoon a teaspoonful of remaining apple butter into centre of each cookie and top each with remaining batter. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until cookies lift easily from tray.


Danielle said...

Wow i've never heard of this cookie before. It looks really good though!

Ashley said...

Those look delicious and kid friendly which is perfect for us! What a yummy fall treat!

Holly said...

I love apple butter!! These cookies sound divine-I love how the smell of baking just takes over the house!!:)

Anonymous said...

What a perfect for fall cookie Tia! I love Anna's recipes, she has the best! These sound amazing. I really have to make my own apple butter. I want my house to smell like yours! :o)

Unknown said...

Looks delicious. I recently purchased some apple butter from a lovely amish village... i just haven't got around to using it

scrambledhenfruit said...

Wonderful cookies! I have some homemade apple butter that will be perfect for these. Thanks!

Koko said...

These sound great! i made apple butter last year, but I've already used up the apples on my tree! Perhaps I'll get some storebought.

Gattina Cheung said...

It is so autumn!!! Seems that I was also smelling that apple-y cinnamom fragrance here!

Unknown said...

I bet the kitchen smells yummy while these are baking!

Taylor said...

I recently made apple butter too and have so much I don't know what to do with it! Well, now I do :)

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

Yummy! Love these, perfect for school lunch boxes too.

Tessa said...

Yum! I didn't get to make any of the Cookie Carnival cookies the last few months, but these look amazing! By the way, the apples definitely count as a serving of fruit =)

Tiffiny Felix said...

September got away from me before I could make either of the September cookies. These cookies look awesome! :)