Walnuts

Spiced Dried Fruit Tea Cookies

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When you curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, you need something slightly sweet and warm with spices to counter the bitter and floral notes of the tea.  These chewy and mildly sweet cookies are the perfect match to your cup of tea.

These cookies were inspired by my love of spices, dried fruits and nuts.  I’m not a fan of chocolate sweets with a cup of tea, so I needed to create something to nibble on.  I was inspired by Ina Garten’s Fruit Cake Cookies and a certain cookie dough from the bakery I work at.  Sometimes taking two really good recipes and mashing them up can create a really good cookie!

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Fruit Cake Tea Cookies

I think I would make the British proud with this cookie or “biscuit.” If you’re having a tea party, I guarantee your guests will be grabbing more than one! These are a great gift to give to your tea obsessed friends as well!

You can make these cookies all your own by adding what ever dried fruits and nuts you want.  I chose dried dates, cherries, apricots and walnuts, but you could use raisins, pecans, pineapple, etc.

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Spiced Dried Fruit Tea Cookie Recipe:
1/2 C. Softened Butter
1/4 C. Light Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Orange Zest
1/2 C. Chopped Dried Dates
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Cherries
1/4 C. Chopped Dried Apricots
1/4 C. Chopped Walnuts
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
1 1/2 C. Bread Flour
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt

Preheat the oven to 350.

Instructions:

1. In a stand mixer, cream your butter. Once light and fluffy, add your brown sugar and mix until fluffy.

2. To your butter and sugar mixture, add your honey, dried fruits, nuts and orange zest. Mix together.

3. Add your egg and vanilla extract.

4. To your wet ingredients in the stand mixer, add the bread flour, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  Mix only until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.  

**If you over mix your cookie dough, it will not keep its form while baking.

5. On a sheet of plastic wrap, form your dough into a 1 1/2 – 2 inch width log.  Let the dough sit in your freezer or refrigerator until firm.  Cut dough into 1/4.” Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies just start to show color.

Your cookie should be light, firm and chewy.

I hope you enjoy this cookie with your next cup of tea! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

xo,
Marlee

P.S.
My go to and favorite teas are Tazo’s Organic Peachy Green and Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile with Lavender.

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Apple Pie Scones

Hi World! This is my first official blog post on Something Sweet! I will be baking, creating and providing recipes, tips and tricks to inspire the everyday baker and dessert lover! And what better way of starting than baking up my favorite and comforting scone recipe – Apple Pie Scones!

So, I don’t mean to be a brag, but these scones are pretty freaking good! If you ask my grandparents, they are the BEST scones they’ve ever had.  Being their granddaughter, some might say, “Well, they’re being nice.”  This is what I have to say about that, “They’ve eaten a variety of scones!” So don’t just look at my recipe and think it’s just another scone recipe, because it’s not!

If I was to describe my scones in the simplest terms possible it would be a threesome (for all you french pastry enthusiasts a menage a trois) between a scone, a biscuit and an apple pie.  What a naughty scone, right? More like a delicious mashup!  It has the taste and look of a scone, but the flaky and moist dough of a biscuit and the apple, cinnamon goodness of an all-American classic.

Apple Pie Scones

Is your mouth watering now!? These scones are a perfect way to start your day or an afternoon pick me up with a great cup of coffee. Trust me, these are really easy to make and worth the calories!

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Look at all of those nooks and crannies soaking up cinnamon glaze goodness…yummm! Alright, alright, I’ll finally get to the recipe!

Apple Pie Scones
Apple Pie Scone Recipe:
Apple Pie Mixture:
1 Lg. Honey Crisp Apple
1 tbsp. Butter
2 tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
1/3 C. Chopped Walnuts
Dash of Cinnamon

Basic Scone:
2 C. All Purpose Flour
3 tbsp. White Sugar
2.5 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 C. Butter
4 – 6 tbsp. Milk
1 Egg

Glaze:
1 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 – 2 tbsp. Milk

Preheat the oven to 400.

Instructions:
1. Peel and chop (diced) one large honey crisp apple (or any similar apple) .

2. In a medium saute pan, melt the butter and brown sugar on medium heat.  Once combined, add the diced apple and a dash of cinnamon.  Cook for about 3 minutes then add the chopped walnuts and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Once the apple mixture is cooked, let cool to room temperature.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Cube 1/3 cup of butter and add to the dry ingredients.  You will want to use a pastry blender or the tips of your finger to incorporate the butter and dry ingredients. The consistency should look like wet sand.

4. After the butter and dry ingredients are incorporated, add 1 beaten egg, the apple pie mixture and 4 tablespoons of milk.  If the mixture is dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time, until the dough comes together.  (You don’t want a super crummy dough, but you don’t want a really moist dough either).

*Make sure the butter, milk and eggs are cold in order to achieve a flaky scone.

5. On a floured surface, form the dough into a 9 inch circle and cut into 8 separate pieces.

6. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake the scones for 10-15 minutes. Scones are done when the edges are light brown.  Let cool completely before glazing.

For the Glaze:

Combine and whisk the powder sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and milk.   If the glaze is too thick, add more milk.  If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Top the cooled scones with glaze and enjoy!

I hope you love these scones as much as my grandparents and I do!

xo,
Marlee