Restorative Apple Butter Cookies
Robin, 27 Feb 09, ‘Restorative’
½ c slightly salted butter. This will be easier if it’s soft.
½ c dark brown sugar***
¾ c apple butter
1 ½ c all-purpose white flour†
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Cream butter and sugar together thoroughly, then add the apple butter. Mix thoroughly. Mix dry ingredients and work in. You’ll probably want to use your hands.
At this point the lazy sluts take a sharp turn to the left and the honest, meritorious men and women take a handsome, gentle bend to the right. The lazy sluts will scoop small spoonfuls of this stuff up and drop-cookie them on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. The honest meritorious brigade will pat the thing into a bolster, roll it in waxed or parchment paper, stow it in the refrigerator for two hours or so†† and then slice it sharply (you’ll probably need to flour the knife pretty often) into perfect little thin rounds and put them on parchment paper and a baking sheet. Either way you’ll want to bake them 7-10 minutes at 350°F. Let cool somewhat, but keep them on the parchment paper. You’re about to make a mess.
2T butter, melted
Stir in 2T apple butter
Then start stirring in 1 c icing sugar, adding a few drops of not-just-out-of-the-refrigerator apple juice as necessary to keep it thinnish.
Twirl, pour or brush over your almost-cool cookies.
Now sit down and let the restoration begin.
*** You may want more or less sugar depending on how sweet your apple butter is and whether or not you are going to glaze them. I tend to like unsweet apple butter but very sweet cookies.
† Or a little more if your apple butter is very runny. You know what a cookie dough, as opposed to batter, should look like, right? Make it look like that. Or, if you’re a lazy slut and are going to take the drop cookie option, a slightly more battery look is fine.
†† The one convincing argument, to a lazy slut, that favours the chilled bolster is that it means you can have hot fresh neat cookies really fast when you take the bolster out of the refrigerator. If you’re having someone over for tea both the fast and the neat are nice. Drop cookies are never neat.