Posted: 10/20/2012 5:13:13 PM
What an awful disappointment. I so do not recommend them. if you must, attempt to follow the advice of "Mamers143" and do NOT use a whole slice of the cookie dough. You will have enormous "apple slices." I advise cutting the roll in half lengthwise and re-rolling to round and then proceeding with the directions. I very unfortunately bought two packages of the sugar cookies thinking I would make these for a pot luck - no way! I would have been embarrassed to bring them. Now I have a remaining package of these awful tasting sugar cookies to contend with :\ like "bmania" said, it's a cute
Posted: 9/25/2012 11:45:57 AM
I make these cookies every year for my daughter's teachers at school during teachers appreciation week. They really are not hard once you get the technique down. TIPS: make sure you keep your dough very cold. I slice & lay them on the cookie sheets then go back and pinch them in once they're not as cold this way the dough doesn't crack. You do have to pinch a lot... if you barely pinch, you'll just get a round cookie rather than the apple shape. Also, I go around the edge with my finger and drag/pull the red sugar slightly onto the front of the cookie so when it bakes, you can still see the su
Posted: 3/29/2012 11:39:39 AM
I have not yet tried to make these but i'm going to this weekend with my kid and my best friends kids i'm sure they will be good and i'm not thinking them will look like the picture at all. i like reading all the tips.
Posted: 10/28/2011 6:27:33 PM
My impressions match other reviews. Couldn't see the red sugar except on the underside. Hard to shape. Found licorice but couldn't get pieces inserted into cookies. Had to explain what they were when I took them to a meeting. Wouldn't waste my time or money on them again.
Posted: 9/15/2011 11:49:11 PM
I also had problems with getting the shape. When I indented at top and bottom, the dough separated. My first batch was very underdone. Maybe because it came out of freezer. Second batch came out a little better. Kept them in oven a couple minutes longer. Tried the Tootsie roll idea, but when the "stem" was attached when still cooling, "stem" stuck to pan. Quite frustrating. Don't think I would make them again.
Posted: 10/2/2010 3:03:17 PM
I also could not get an apple shape like the picture with the 'finger indentation' method. I ended up cutting a triangle shape out of opposite sides of each circle and re-sugaring the cut edges with my finger while also rounding off the points slightly. I, like others, also could not find the black licorice and used the tootsie rolls--which taste better than licorice anyway. It also helps to add extra sugar to the top edges, because some of the sprinkles do disapear under the cookie as they bake.
Posted: 9/23/2010 2:55:23 PM
We used Tootsie Roll candies instead of black licorice. Simply heat a Tootsie Roll in the microwave for 5-10 seconds (check after 5 seconds - remove candy when just warm and begining to soften). Then flattened the candy into a 1.5" by 4" rectangle with a rolling pin. Using a pizza cutter, we divided it into 8 short pieces, then worked each piece into a stem shape (the more imperfect the better). We chilled them while the dough chilled so they were good and hard again before inserting them into the warm cookies. They looked like the real thing!
Posted: 9/23/2010 2:47:51 PM
My daughter and I made these for her preschool and she was absolutely thrilled! We, too, were unable to locate black string licorice in our small town, so I used Tootsie Rolls instead. We simply warmed a Tootsie Roll in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, then flattened it into a 1.5" by 4" rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, we divided it into 8 short pieces, then worked each piece into a stem shape (the more imperfect the better). We chilled them while the dough chilled so they were good and hard again before inserting them into the warm cookies. They looked like the real thing!
Posted: 9/21/2010 1:43:48 PM
I made these for a girl's get-together at my house. They loved them. I also took some to work and everyone thought they were such a cool idea! I love how easy they were to make! Yes, the string licorice was a challenge. I couldn't find any so I just cut regular black licorice into thinner pieces and used those.
Yeah, they didn't look as good as the picture, but nothing ever does does it??? :-)
Posted: 9/13/2010 10:50:01 AM
Don't waste your time on this recipe -- they don't turn out like the photo at all. The red sugar ends up on the underside of the cookie. For the second batch I re-rolled each cut round in more red sugar so it was more on the front of the cookie. Then I had to repinch the dough several times during baking to keep the apple shape. I had to drive 20 miles to get the black shoestring licorice, so I was determined to make the recipe! Cute idea but it just doesn't turn out as shown.