These are a wonderfully delicious cookie, made soft and cake-like by the apple, that highlights the warm spicy flavors that embody fall baking. The spices are balanced perfectly by the sweet glaze. Be sure that when you're done glazing all of the cookies, to lift the rack and sample the drippings! Then quickly call the kids in to help lest you be tempted to do more than sample.
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/3 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 /2 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
1 c. apple, peeled, cored, diced
1/4 c. milk
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar, whisked or sifted
1 T. butter
1/2 t. vanilla
2 1/2 T. milk
Preheat the oven to 400.
Beat the shortening and the brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat the egg in.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Mix half of that dry mixture into the creamed mixture.
Stir in the apples and nuts.
Mix in the remaining dry ingredients and the milk.
Drop tablespoonfuls 1 1/2" apart onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by combining the ingredients until they are smooth.
Remove the baked cookies to a wire rack for glazing and cooling.
Spread a dollop of glaze on each cookie while they are still warm.