Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Countdown: The Last of The Cookies




We're cookie O.D.ing here, I know, but I promise, this is the last one this year.

These are Applebutter-filled Gingerbread Cookies. I found the recipe back when Luisa made applebutter last year, and she mentioned it could be used in cookies as well, providing a link to the LA Times and a recipe. Unusual for me, I didn't bookmark the recipe, only printed it, and it had been languishing in my notebook ever since. That is, until I made applebutter a couple of months ago and tried finding something to use all those jars for, besides licking it off a spoon. Which is good, but these - are absolutely divine.

I made the dough a couple days in advance so I needed only to roll, fill and assemble, then bake on the day. That whole thing is a bit time consuming, but I really like the look of these, so I think it's worth it. I cut the "windows" at an angle, as you can see from the picture below, just to play around a little. They're gently spiced, and with the applebutter peeking giving the whole thing a boost of freshness - yum.

I have to say though - these don't keep very well. It may have been because I used my own applebutter, or didn't let the cookies cool completely (I was running out of cooling racks - does that happen to you too?), but they quickly - within a day and a half - turned soggy on the bottoms and crumbled. The taste was still lovely, they just weren't nearly as pretty, or easy to eat, with all those bits and pieces all over your napkin, as they were on day one. Eh. Just make less at a time, and you'll have fresh, crisp, cookies when you need them. Definitely recommendable this one.


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Heather said...

Ooh, aren't those just so sweet looking?? Yum, I will remember this (ha. ha.) for next year's apple butter. And yay for the summary of the chocolate crinkle thingies - that was one I bookmarked from the state of oxygen deprivation known as that Gourmet cookie page - I do like anise but it sounds like even so perhaps they are a miss?

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Jeanne said...

That's inspired - we sometimes bring back black butter from the island of Jersey and I'm guessing that would work as well. Love the off-set hole in the top cookies!

Erling's Mat said...

Happy new year! :)

Lauri said...

I was so sick of Christmas cookies, and now after the tree is down and the decorations put away, I find myself going through serious cookie withdrawl. Groan.

Luisa said...

Ooooh, I am so jealous that you made these! I still have not. Such a slacker. They look amazing!

born said...

Those looks like cool cookies dude. I love the hole in the top of it, quirky design :) Keep up the good blogging!



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Eric J. Hoffman said...

Those look great. Are these traditional in Denmark?

Elizabeth said...

Even if they didn't last long they look delicious and just as pretty!