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A is for Apple Pie Cookies [vegan]

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I have this idea in my head, an idea which I’ve been considering for the past few weeks.  Since one of my New Year resolutions was to, I quote: “Bake different styles of food!,” I’ve obviously got to follow through on that!

To accomplish this resolution, my idea is: Desserts Around the World-alphabet style

Basically, every two weeks I will post a new recipe that originates from a foreign country.  Simple enough right?  The only other criteria is that there are going to be a total of 26 recipes, and each recipe name will begin with a letter in the alphabet.

To start myself off, here’s a recipe for Apple Pie Cookies, with the country being AMURICAAA.

These are essentially cinnamon oatmeal cookies, with an apple pie filling and a simple icing on top.  The cookies have almost a biscuity texture, which really enhances the idea of an apple pie.  These cookies are made for eating with a glass of milk (I’d even go as far as to say glasses of milk are made for drinking with these cookies), and if you’re aiming for a totally vegan dessert, a glass of soymilk is perfect too.  Eat these cookies to celebrate the United States- a mess of a country, but one built on honest ideals.

Apple Pie Cookies

For the cookies:

  • ½ cup butter (I used vegan butter)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour (reduce to ¾ cup for a less biscuity cookie)
  • 1 tbs corn starch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.  Whisk in the vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, and stir until a dough forms.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Take ¼ cup size balls of dough, and form into round disks on a baking sheet. Make an indent in the middle of each disk as a bowl for the apple filling.

For the apple filling:

  • 1 apple, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbs butter
  1. Melt the butter in the pan, and add the brown sugar.  Heat until bubbling.
  2. Add the apples, and cook until they begin to soften. Reduce the heat and keep cooking until the apples caramelize and the filling is deep golden brown. Cook less for a more gooey filling (in my cookies, I cooked the filling until very golden brown, and it was almost like a chewy apple caramel in the final product).  Divide the filling among the cookies.
  3. Bake the cookies for about 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until they are a light golden color.  Cool completely before adding the glaze.

For the icing:

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tiny splash vanilla
  • milk (or soy milk)
  1. In a plastic bag combine the powder sugar and vanilla.
  2. Add a tiny splash of milk, and squish the bag until a homogenous icing forms.  If needed, add another tiny splash of milk.
  3. Cut a corner off of the bag and pipe the icing onto the cookies.
  4. Allow the icing to harden, then enjoy the cookies with a glass of milk.