I’m impatient. There, I’ve said it. No matter how I try, it is one of the things I must continually try to improve. I will say that I have become more patient with age, but not nearly patient enough.
At this time of year, my impatience is abundant. I simply cannot wait for fall. I have put on jeans twice in the last week thinking I would hurry things along. That was a failure. I mostly ended up sweaty and uncomfortable.
So I have decided on a more bearable approach. Today we are celebrating the apple. This apple cookie is simple and delicious.It is soft and nearly melts in your mouth. We have topped it off with a maple syrup brown sugar frosting for some added flavor (although it doesn’t need it) and texture.
Perhaps if we all make them this weekend we can send Mother Nature a clear message that we have had enough of summer.
savour… autumn leaves
APPLE COOKIE WITH MAPLE BROWN SUGAR FROSTING
Before you start:
I like to use granny smith apples for their tartness, but you could use a different variety and get good results.
Use real maple syrup. Not maple-flavored syrup or even maple flavoring… it makes a difference.
These cookies are soft. Do not remove them too quickly or you will likely break them.
The brown sugar does not completely dissolve in the frosting. This will create a slight, expected crunch.
- ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¼ cup shortening
- 1 ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup fresh apple unpeeled, finely chopped
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup milk
- Maple Brown Sugar Frosting
- 2 ½ cups confectioners sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter – softened
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Sift together flour, soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Place butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined.
- Add egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix again on medium-high until light and fluffy.
- With the mixer on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients just until combined.
- Add milk and mix again until well combined.
- Add in raisins and chopped apple. Mix only until well combined.
- Place by spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Allow to rest on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing.
- After completely cool, top with Maple Brown Sugar Frosting
Maple Brown Sugar Frosting
- Place sugars and butter in a medium bowl and mix together on medium speed.
- With the mixer still on medium speed, add maple syrup in a slow steady stream.
- Mix in vanilla.
- Increase speed to medium-high and mix until frosting is light and fluffy.