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Apple Pie Cookies

 Apple Pie Cookies
To sweeten the school day, send along these soft sugar cookies with a homemade apple filling from Sharon Smith of Neosho, Missouri. "The sandwich cutouts were taste-tested by my grandchildren," she affirms. "They're certified kid-pleasers!" To save time you can use purchased pie filling for the centers. Or instead of "Painting" the tops with food coloring simply sprinkle them with cinnamon.
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons King Arthur Unbleached 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

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Apple Pie Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 342 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 317 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.