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Homemade Apple Cookies

Apple Cookies are one of my favorite cookies since I was a kid! Every single bite bring me back to my childhood in Italy. Its a buttery soft cookie dough stuffed with cooked Apple and sprinkle with cinnamon!

My mom wasn’t a baker so she used to buy them all the time and I used to finish the box in no time! Back then they were very popular and really good, on my last trip to Italy unfortunately I was disappointed after I bought a box! The flavor changed a lot, way less apples and more sugar! I actually said to myself , after I took a bite, that My homemade Apple cookies are way better than that!

Every year I make them for Christmas, they are now my family favorite! I would love to make them more often but they are so dangerous…..I can’t stop eating them!

The recipe that Im using belong to one of my favorite Italian blog –le ricette di Mysia- ! I tried so many recipes and this is my favourite! Try it and let me know.

P.S. I always double the recipe, they stay few days in a box and good in freezer.

Ingredients

For the cookies dough (make 20)

  • 100 grams butter room temperature
  • 80 grams sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 220 grams flour
  • Half teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • A sprinkle of love

For the filling:

  • 2 medium apple
  • 1 tablespoons of honey
  • Half teaspoon cinnamon
  • 20 grams of butter

Method:

In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, vanilla, eggs, sugar and butter cut in pieces!

Mix with your hands until the dough is nice and soft! Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 1 hour in the fridge!

Cut the apples in small pieces, in a frying pan put the 20 grams of butter, let it melt and add the apples! Add now the honey and the cinnamon! Cook for 10/15 minutes until the apple are soft! With a fork mash the apple a little bit if you like! I like to find piece of apple when I bite the cookies so I don’t over mashed them. Your house now will smell divine, apple and cinnamon are a great combination.

Let the apples cool down! Get the dough from the fridge and roll it out!

The dough is very sticky so what I usually do is to put a piece of cling wrap and roll! Also on your wood board you can do the same or put lots of flour! When you roll out the dough with a round cookie dough cut your cookies! I use one that is almost 2 inch wide!

When you cut out all the cookies put sone apple filling in the middle of your cookie and put another piece on top, using your finger tip try to close the cookie! Its more easy to do than to explain it!

Put the cookies on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and baked them at 350 for 15 minutes until they are slightly colored.

When they are still hot sprinkle them with icing sugar and more love.

Buon appetito and Buon Natale

Heart shaped cookies

Nutella hearts cookies are delicious shortbread biscuits covered with Nutella. They are very easy to make and perfect for any occasion, if you don’t like Nutella you can replace it with Marmalade. Generally I like to give these cookies to my children’s teachers for Christmas and I have also added them to the Christmas sweets baking lesson. The recipe is taken from the Giallo Zafferano blog. Follow me on social media and let me know which is your favorite Christmas cake. http://www.bellacibo.ca http://www.instagram.com/bellacibo http://www.facebook.com/bellacibo72

Ingredients:

  • • 350 grams flour
  • • 100 grams icing sugar
  • • 200 grams soft butter
  • • 2 yellow eggs
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • Icing sugar to sprinkle
  • • Heart shape cookies cutter one big and one smaller or star or whatever shape you like
  • • A sprinkle of love

Method:

  • • In a bowl mix the butter and the sugar until it’s nice and smooth {I like to use my hands, it’s easy}.
  • • Add the yellow eggs and mix for a minute, add the vanilla and the flour.
  • • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • • Turn the oven on at 350, roll out your dough and with a heart cookie cutter, and cut the cookies. With the smaller cookies cutter, cut out the heart.
  • • Put the cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper, and bake for 12-15 minutes!
  • • When they are cold, spread the Nutella on the bigger heart and put the small heart on top.
  • • Sprinkle some icing sugar and a lot of love.
  • • Buon Appetito

LEMON COOKIES

It’s Christmas and it is time to bake some delicious cookies, and I highly suggest you to try to make this delicious Lemon Cookies. I discovered this fantastic recipe last year in one of my favorite Italian Blog http://www.misya.info/. Her recipes are always the best.

My kids loved them and I highly suggest to make them with them, they will have fun rolling out the cookies and eating them! Enjoy your precious moments.

 

Ingredients:

  • 120 grams sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 100 grams butter soft
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 270 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Icing sugar
  • Sugar
  • A sprinkle of love

Method:

Beat the sugar with the butter until its creamy. Add the egg, mix and add the lemon zest and the juice! Add the flour and the baking powder and mix very well! Cover the dough with clim wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes! Turn the oven at 350, take your dough and start to make your cookies taking a small piece and roll out some small ball in your with hands! Put the cookies in the sugar first and then in icing sugar! Put them in a baking sheet and cook them for 10 minutes. Enjoy and share the recipe if you like it

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Shortbread cookies

These cookies are amazing, they will literally melt in your mouths. Let’s  say I tried out so many recipe and this one is amazing and of course I found it true one of my dear friend from A pinch of Italy blog, one of my favorite.

These cookies are a great gift for Christmas, Easter or any other occasion.You can put them in a nice box and they last long, also if you have kids I suggest to make it with them they would love it, trust me.Image

Ingredients:

  • 500 gr salted butter, softened
  • 200 gr golden caster sugar, plus more to sprinkle
  • 500 gr plain flour, plus more to dust
  • 250 gr cornflour or rice flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/fan 160ºC/340ºF/gas mark 31/2.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then sift in the flour and cornflour gradually, mixing briefly between each addition, until it binds together. Flour your hands and gently knead until just smooth (do not over-work).
  3. To make the dough easier to roll – and if you have time – wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. On a floured board, roll out the dough to 5–6mm thick, then cut into your chosen shapes. If the shortbread is to be frozen, lay the biscuits between sheets of baking parchment in a freezer container. They need to be defrosted for 1 hour before baking.
  5. Place the shortbread on 2 baking sheets lined with baking parchment and cook for 15–20 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar, then cool for 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 60 biscuits

Variations

Add any of these to the butter and sugar before adding the flour:

  • vanilla: seeds of 1 vanilla pod and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • orange-cardamom: zest of 1 orange, finely grated, and ½ tsp freshly ground cardamom seeds, sifted
  • lemon-lavender: zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, finely grated, and 4 tsp fresh lavender flowers
  • cinnamon: 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • coffee: 1 tbsp instant or filter coffee dissolved in 1 tsp boiling water
  • salt and pepper: 24 turns of a pepper mill, or to taste; also sprinkle more pepper on top with the caster sugar.

Buon Appetito