Apple-Loaded Shortbread Cookies

Yields48 ServingsTotal Time40 mins

Ingredients
 1 lb unsalted butter, room temp
 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
 1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 ⅓ cups Empire apples, skin on, small dice

Directions
1

In stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Blend with paddle attachment or electric beaters until mixture is light yellow.

2

Add vanilla. Sift in flour and salt. Add small pieces of apple and continue blending, using hands, until incorporated.

3

Remove dough, use a little flour (if needed), and work into a long roll (dough log). Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 45-60 minutes until butter sets.

4

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from fridge. Slice into ½ inch circles and place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and cool. Cookies will harden as they cool.

5

Top with Apple Cider & Mascarpone Frosting.

Source: US Apple Association

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 lb unsalted butter, room temp
 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
 1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 ⅓ cups Empire apples, skin on, small dice

Directions

Directions
1

In stand mixer, add butter and sugar. Blend with paddle attachment or electric beaters until mixture is light yellow.

2

Add vanilla. Sift in flour and salt. Add small pieces of apple and continue blending, using hands, until incorporated.

3

Remove dough, use a little flour (if needed), and work into a long roll (dough log). Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 45-60 minutes until butter sets.

4

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from fridge. Slice into ½ inch circles and place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and cool. Cookies will harden as they cool.

5

Top with Apple Cider & Mascarpone Frosting.

Apple-Loaded Shortbread Cookies