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
- Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Whisk in the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine the oatmeal, flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, and stir until a dough forms. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- 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
- Melt the butter in the pan, and add the brown sugar. Heat until bubbling.
- 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.
- 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)
- In a plastic bag combine the powder sugar and vanilla.
- Add a tiny splash of milk, and squish the bag until a homogenous icing forms. If needed, add another tiny splash of milk.
- Cut a corner off of the bag and pipe the icing onto the cookies.
- Allow the icing to harden, then enjoy the cookies with a glass of milk.