Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Apple Pie Stuffed Spice Cookies...and a GIVEAWAY!

 
Apple Pie Stuffed Spice Cookies would be a welcome treat on any party tray. They would be lovely for Thanksgiving or Christmas or a cookie swap! As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received coupons to purchase a Duncan Hines Mix and a Comstock Fruit Filling. This was so much fun to do because I could make anything. I thought about it for a few days then decided on these cookies because they are portable and like fruit filled hand pies. I used a spice cake mix to make the 


cookies so that they would have the lovely flavor and aroma of spices. I chose the More Fruit Apple Filling to stuff the cookies with, then sprinkled the tops of the cookies with cinnamon streusel. 
What's so fun about this recipe is that you can customize it to your favorite flavors. You could have a cherry stuffed chocolate cookie sprinkled with chocolate cookie crumbs or a peach stuffed yellow cookie sprinkled with an almond streusel, for example. You could always try the lemon stuffed lemon cookie dusted with powdered sugar, I bet that would be delicious. If you have any filling left over you could put it in ramekins or tiny dishes and top with streusel and bake, then you have cobbler. :)

Apple Pie Stuffed Spice Cookies
Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 box of Duncan Hines Spice cake mix
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla

- 1 can Comstock fruit filling (More Fruit Apple)

- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup All-Purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons quick cooking oats
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the melted butter, cake mix, egg, and vanilla in a bowl.
2. Using a mixer, blend until just combined.
3. Scoop out the dough by tablespoonfuls and flatten into 2" discs using your hands. (Alternatively, chill the dough for one hour, then roll out and cut 2" circles with a cookie cutter). Lay out half of the discs on a greased baking sheet about 2" apart. (I use a Silpat on the baking sheet but you could also use parchment paper).
4. Place the fruit filling in a food processor and process until it is in medium sized pieces.
5. Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of filling into the middle of each dough circle on the baking sheet. Top with another 2" circle of dough and press evenly around the edges to seal. 
6. Mix together all of the streusel ingredients by hand or in a mixer until combined well.
7. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon-1 teaspoon of streusel on the top of each cookie.
8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
9. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

To the giveaway!
I have been provided with four coupons from Duncan Hines for FREE products to give away to readers. I am choosing two readers and sending them each two coupons. Then the readers can choose cake mix and frosting or cake mix for cookies and a brownie mix, or a brownie mix and frosting, or one of the deluxe mixes and some glaze...anything really. It's so much fun to look at all the options but so hard to choose which ones to pick. This will be perfect to help with desserts for Christmas or just for a weeknight treat. This giveaway will last until Sunday, November 27, 2011 11:59 PM EST then I will use random.org to choose two readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what you would make if you won the coupons! I will e-mail the winners to let them know they've won.



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