Apple-cot Cookies

I’m smack-bang in the middle of my final university exams at the moment. Saturday was a 3hr civil procedure law exam (yes, it’s as boring as it sounds) and man did I have a bad hand cramp by the end! I’ve got 3 exams left, spread over the next 10 days or so. I can’t wait until it’s all finished. Although the thought of not studying is a little weird, I’ve been studying my entire life. I’m hoping that without uni, I will be able to spend a little bit more time working on this site, bringing you all a lot more great old-fashioned recipes.

Speaking of great old-fashioned recipes, this little cookie is an awesome one! Apple-cot, a mixture of apple and apricot. Add to that chocolate and vanilla biscuits and you have a tasty little treat. Not to mention it’s pretty impressive looking, perfect for a tea party or just if you want to impress your friends with your cooking prowess *wink* I will admit, there is a little bit of work involved in making this cookie though, because there’s quite a few steps, with the stewing of the fruit and the rolling and cutting of the biscuits. There’s no reason why you couldn’t do it in a couple sessions though. The fruit mixture could easily be stewed up the night before you want to make the cookies and just stored in the fridge overnight.

So, speaking of tea parties, tell me, what do you love most about a tea party? For me, its the pretty dresses and teacups!

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To make the apple-cot mixture, you simply stew the dried apricots, sliced apples, water, sugar and cinnamon for about an hour on a low simmer until the fruit has broken down and the mixture resembles a jam. If the fruit isn’t breaking down you can give it a good whisk to help it along. Once it’s cooked, put aside to cool.

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To make the biscuits, you need to melt the butter, then add the sugar, salt and egg and beat well.

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Add the sifted flour and milk alternately and mix until combined to a dough.

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Divide the mixture into 2, one a bit bigger than the other. You then need to work the cocoa into the smaller portion. You might need to add a little water to do this.

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Then roll out the vanilla dough to about half a cm thick. Using a fluted cutter, cut out circles. Re-roll the extra bits to get as many circles out of the dough as possible. Place the cut circles onto a lined baking tray.

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Next, roll out the chocolate dough and cut out fluted circles using a slightly smaller cutter. A really small circle then needs to be cut out of the centre of each circle. If you don’t have a cutter small enough, just find something about the right size, I used a piping tip. Also don’t worry if you don’t have fluted cutters. You can just use normal circle cutters or even a couple different sized glasses. Whatever works!

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To assemble, place a teaspoon of filling in the centre of each of the vanilla dough circles, then place a chocolate circle over the top and press the edges closed. The cookies are then cooked in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes.

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Apple-cot Cookies

Serves 35
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 20 minutes
From book Simpsons Present... The Cook's Treasure Book
A spiced, sweet filling and a crumbly, soft, pastry-like two-toned biscuit.

Ingredients

Apple-cot Filling

  • 220g Dried apricots
  • 3 Apples
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Biscuit

  • 3 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg (well beaten)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 3 tablespoons Cocoa

Directions

Apple-cot Filling
Place apricots and thinly sliced apples in a saucepan with water, sugar and cinnamon. Cook slowly until the mixture is a little thicker than apple sauce. Cool before placing on cookies.
Biscuits
Melt butter and place in a large mixing bowl. Add Sugar, salt and egg. Beat Well. Sift flour and add to the mixture, alternately with the milk and vanilla essence.
Divide dough into two portions one a little bigger than the other. Add cocoa to the smaller portion and work it in until its completely combined (a little water may be used if required).
Roll out vanilla dough to about half a cm thick and cut out circles with a fluted 6.5cm cutter. Place on a lined tray.
Roll out chocolate dough and cut out circles with a fluted 5.5cm cutter. Using a small 2.5cm circle cutter, cut holes in the centre of each of the chocolate dough circles.
Place a teaspoon of apple-cot filling in the centre of each vanilla dough circles and place a chocolate circle over the top, pressing edges together. Bake in a moderate oven (180 degree C) for about 20 minutes.

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