Makes about 4 dozen cookies
Here’s what you will need:
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups applesauce
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Apple Cider Frosting:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 packets spiced apple cider instant drink mix
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs and applesauce, mixing to combine.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
With a medium scoop, drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookie just start to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
While the cookies cool, prepare the frosting. In a pot over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and milk. While constantly stirring bring the mixture to a boil; then remove from the heat. Stir in the butter, spiced apple cider drink mix, and salt.
Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. The frosting will firm as it cools, so work quickly to frost your cookies. If the frosting seems too thin, add a bit more confectioners’ sugar.
Use about 1 tablespoon of frosting for each cookie. Top with chopped pecans (if desired) before the frosting sets. Pack and store in an airtight container.