A fun cookie to make from a simple recipe of refrigerator cookie dough. I making these for fall but you can really make them anytime. You don’t need any special kitchen equipment except some parchment paper or wax paper and food coloring. The apple seeds are miniature chocolate chips. The little chocolate chips are easy to find before the holidays. I keep mine in a jar for decorating projects like this, so I only buy them once a year. The stems are pretzel sticks. That is also easy to find. You can make these with the kids. The video at the end is a little girl explaining the technique she used to make these.
You start with making a plain vanilla sugar recipe for the white part of the apple. Then you roll that into a log and cutting a “v” in the top and bottom to shape the log in a apple form. Then you make the red cookie dough that will cover the out side of the log. The video will show you how to do this. It isn’t hard you just roll out the dough between to pieces of wax paper and roll the log in it. I made two logs and smaller cookies then what is being made in the video. You make them the size you want. I left off the green leaf and added the pretzel stick stem. Again that is your choice to do. I also used my own recipe because it makes a nice wafer cookie and the dough is soft and pliable which is very easy to work with.
The dough freezes nice and can be stored up to six weeks in the freezer. You can make this ahead of time for Thanksgiving or Christmas and you will only have to bake them. I would make the apple log first and wrap it in plastic wrap and then in freezer paper. Thaw for a little while so you can slice and then bake.
Ice Box Apple Cookies
Ingredients Apple Center:
1 cup shortening (butter flavored optional)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream sugar and shortening together in a large mixing bowl at medium speed. Add egg one at a time and vanilla extract. Beat until fluffy.
Sift flour, salt and baking soda together. Add to creamed mixture on slow speed the dry ingredients a cup at a time. The dough will be soft.
Divide dough in half and roll into logs. Form a wedge across the top and bottom of the roll using the side of your hand. This will help shape the apple slices. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper. Chill while making the red dough.
Ingredients Red Apple Skin:.
1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored optional)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
few drops of red food coloring
mini chocolate chips and pretzel sticks for decoration
Directions Red Apple Skin:
Follow the above mixing directions and add red food coloring. Roll out the size needed to cover the center log between to sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. Loosen the paper on each side before attaching the red dough to the log. You do this by lifting the paper to the top wedge and pressing the dough down into the groove. Continue rolling the log and lifting the paper away. Use your side of your hand to tuck the red dough into the bottom groove. When reaching the top again on the roll, cut excess red dough away. Patch were is needed and trim edges. Wrap and chill for 3 hours.
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with vegetable spray or parchment paper.
Slice cookies a quarter inch thick. You will need to shape the slice into an apple shape. Place a small piece of pretzel in the top for stem and push 2 mini chocolate chips laying on their side in the center for apple seeds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until cookie is set and a little brown on bottom.