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Apple Pie Cookies

To sweeten the school day, send along these soft apple pie cookies. To save time you can use purchased pie filling for the centers. —Sharon Smith, Neosho, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Red and green liquid food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Divide in dough in half. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle (dough will be soft).
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the filling ingredients. Cook over medium heat until apples are softened and mixture is thickened; cool.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. apple cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Spread with 2 teaspoons of filling to within 1/4 in. of edge. Top with another cutout seal edges.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons water and 18 drops red food coloring. In another small bowl, combine remaining water and 6 drops green food coloring. Using a pastry brush, "paint" apples red with green leaves.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 342 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 317mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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