I realize these cookies don’t look the prettiest. Especially against the brown/tan backdrop of my countertops. But guess what? I’m not a photographer and I made these cookies at 9pm on a work night so I was in a hurry. That doesn’t take away that they are soft, chewy and glazed with the sweetest maple glaze ever. Don’t let me photos fool you. Grab a couple apples and make these! This cool summer day would be perfect for these cookies.
The cookies are moist and studded with apple chunks. The maple glaze adds sweetness.
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Dash of salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and finely diced
1/4 cup milk
1 T. butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp. maple flavor extract
2 T. milk, as needed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening, butter and sugar until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla, mix until mixture is creamy. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, 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 in a bowl with a fork until smooth and glossy. Remove golden brown cookies from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Cool for 10 minutes and glaze cookies with a generous drizzle. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
If you don’t have shortening, all butter would work in this recipe as well.
Apples seem like a fall treat but I had some Granny Smiths in a Bountiful Basket not too long ago that I had to use up. What better way than in cookies?
If you glaze them when they are warm, naturally the glaze will melt a bit. This isn’t a bad thing, but be aware if you don’t want that to let them cool completely. I glazed them when they were still a bit warm. Enjoy!