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Lemon Apple Cookies

January 12, 2011

These cookies are an interesting blend of the simple sugar cookies with the flavors of lemon and apple.  The bits of lemon add a nice bite, while the apple butter adds a richness and fluffy texture.

Components of cookie awesomeness

Recipe: I adapted this recipe from Cooking Light:

  • 2  cups  lemon sugar, plus 1/2  cup  set aside
  • 8  tablespoons  butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 2  teaspoon s vanilla extract (I make my own by combining 160 proof alcohol in a washed out spice jar with 2-3 vanilla beans)
  • 2  large eggs
  • 3-1/2  cups all-purpose flour (about 14-2/3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons  baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.  Place flavored sugar, apple butter and butter in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat until well blended.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.   Add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until just combined.

Yea, some of the dough got eatten instead of baked...

Place remaining sugar in a small bowl.  Measure out dough into tablespoon portions.  Shape each portion of dough into a ball. Roll balls in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Transfer baking sheets to the freezer for 10 minutes before placing in the oven.  Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks.

Assembly of the cookies

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