Sunday, September 14, 2014

Easy apple recipes

This is a great easy cake recipe, I make muffins with it.

Raw Apple Cake
1 ¾ cup sugar
1 cup salad oil
3 eggs
2 cup flour
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
4 apples diced
½ cup raisins (optional)
1 cup nuts, divided

Place all ingredients except apples raisins and nuts in a bowl and beat.  Add remaining ingredients except ½ cup nuts. Pour into greased 9x 13 pan. Sprinkle the other ½ cup nuts over top. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar on top when cool, if desired. For muffins, makes 24, bake 20 minutes.

Kathy’s thumbprint sugar cookies (won 2nd place in office cookie contest) 
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (might need more)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
½  cup butter, softened
½ cup applesauce
1 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Choose apples, blueberries or strawberries, finely chopped. Jelly, applesauce or canned fruit can be used instead.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, apple sauce, vanilla and egg until thoroughly combined. Add flour mixture, stirring until combined. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour.

While dough is chilling, place cut apple slices into small pieces. Add cinnamon sugar if using apples. Set aside.

Use a flat bottom glass to press dough balls into 3-inch circles. Use a spoon to make a thumbprint on top of cookies. Portion 1 tablespoon fruit filling in center of each cookie. Continue with remaining dough and fruit filling.

Bake at 375ºF about 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies are set. Cool on baking sheets. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Yield: 32 cookies, 3-1/2-inches in diameter

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