I can't believe it is already back to school time. We were at Costco this week and they already have Halloween stuff out. EEK!
This summer flew by so dang quickly. In honor of back to school a blogging friends daughter made these for me to share with all of you. She owns a bakery and does cookie art and I thought you would love them!
I mean seriously how cute are these mini apple cookies in a mason jar! I LOVE THEM!
Mini Apple Cookies in a Mason Jar
5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 C soft unsalted butter
2 C granulated sugar
Mini Apple cutter
- Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
-Add all 4 eggs at one time...Continue to mix. -Add the vanilla.. Continue mixing.
-Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together.
-Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
-Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
-Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
-Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight. Check to see if the dough is firm.
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
- Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter.
-Roll the dough out on the cutting board and using your MINI APPLE cookie cutter begin to make your cookies.
-Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Using a metal spatula move the cut cookie to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes. Check to see if the cookie are thoroughly baked.
-Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. (About 10 minutes).
2 egg whites
1 C powder sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Red, brown, green gel food coloring
-Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring)
-If icing is not stiff enough add 1/4 C powder sugar.
- Leave icing in large bowl. Take out 4 bowls, put 1/4 C of icing in three bowl and the rest of the icing in the fourth bowl.
-Bowl #1 remains white, bowl #2 , add several drops of brown gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended. Bowl #3, add several drops of green gel food coloring stirring well until all of the color is blended.
-As for the largest amount of icing add several drops of red gel food coloring in the bowl of icing ... stir well to mix the color. (Red is a difficult color to get so you may have to continue to add the food coloring to get the bright deep red color. That is why we use a gel food color as it doesn't water down the icing.)
-Spoon each of the icings into individual frosting bags with a #5 tips.... twist the open end of the bag to push the icing to the tip.
Whole Red Apple:
-First step for each of the completely red apple cookies is to outline it in red except for the stem and leaf.
-Allow the red outline at least 30 seconds to dry before filling the body of the cookie in with the other red icing*. ( After outlining all of the apple cookies you can push the remaining icing into a bowl and add the 1 tsp of water and mix well to get the right consistency.) Using a butter knife to spread it from the outlined part inwards to the center.
-Outline the stem with brown icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
-Outline the green leaf with the green icing on all of the same apple cookies, fill them in with the thinner icing.
-Set these aside and allow to completely dry about 4 hours.
-After mini cookies have completely dried place them individually into a mason jar.