Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From Grandma Carol Furniss, Apple Bars

Mom brought this to me a few months ago.  Since we're getting close to apple season (but not quite yet in St. Louis, eh Melissa?) I thought it would be fun to try this soon.  I don't use margarine anymore, so I'll substitute unsalted butter.  In case you can't make out what it says at the top, the recipe is dated 5-12-78 from someone called "Ardys Holte" and it serves 32.  First one to try this, take a picture and send it to me please. :)  (Is anyone else interested in how the unpeeled apples look when they're cooked?  What kind do you think would work best, Jen?)

1 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. margarine (or unsalted butter)

1 egg, unbeaten

2 c. chopped, unpeeled apples

1 c. sifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. nuts

Stiff batter.  Bake in 9"x12" (about) pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  (She wrote "less" above that, so maybe set the timer for 35 minutes and check on it.)  Cool.  Cut into 32 small bars.  Roll in powdered sugar.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sugar Cookie Frosting/Glaze

Many months ago I posted a recipe for sugar cookies and I didn't post the frosting recipe.  Not cool.  Here is the frosting!  It's a glaze more than a frosting, so you have to frost your cookies soon after making it, otherwise it gets too stiff and lumpy.  I like to get a few little bowls and put a few scoops of glaze in each, then food coloring so I can have different colored cookies. 

2 c. powdered sugar

3 T. milk

2 T. cream cheese

Blend with a hand mixer until smooth.  Add food coloring and stir.  I like to use a small spoon and put a spoonful of glaze in the middle of the cookie, then spread the glaze to all the edges of the cookie with the back of the spoon.  Remember to cool the cookies first!