Fresh Apple Chews
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
3 tablespoons water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup raisins
1 medium-sized apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
15 red or green candied cherries, halved
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat together brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add egg and water and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins and apple. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, 2" apart. With the back of a spoon, spread each cookie into a 3" round, and place a candied cherry half in the center of each. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Adapted from a recipe in "Good Housekeeping Holiday Best '95"
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