Sunday, March 23, 2008


The word cookie was introduced by the early Dutch settlers who brought with them, their koekje (little cakes). Today, cookies are made world wide. I'd like to share some cookie recipes with you:

Applesauce Cookies

1 pound cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature, diced
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoond ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 365 degrees.

In a pan, cook the apples in the water, over low heat, until soft and tender. Puree in blender. You'll want 3/4 cup of the puree'd apples.

Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer. Beat in the apple puree. With a spoon, stir in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. When mixed, gently stir in the walnuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies should be golden. Cool on wire rack.

Ginger Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature, diced
4 tablespoons black molasses
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

In a seperate bowl, cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of the sugar with a mixer. Lightly beat the egg and add to mixture. Stir in the molasses and lemon juice. Mix in the flour mixture and mix until dough forms.

Create 3/4 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Mint Cookies

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces Andes mints
Pecan halves

In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and water. Beat well. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together. Add gradually to egg mixture. Chill dough overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wrap each mint completely in cookie dough. Place 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheets and put a nut half on top of each cookie. Bake 7-9 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool thoroughly on wire racks.

Audrey :)

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