Friday, January 27, 2012

Applesauce Caramel Pomegranate Cakies with Caramel Glaze

Yes cakies. The result of these clean out my fridge cookies was a consistency between cookies and cakes.

I had promised cookies to a UN Spouses Association event and ran out of time to plan what I was going to make. So I gathered the left over odds and ends in my refrigerator which included a pomegranate, a stick of organic shortening, unsweetened apple sauce and an almost empty jar of caramel sauce.

After I made the cakies, I fancied them up a bit and added a caramel glaze. The cakies themselves were not very sweet, so adding the glaze gave that a boost. It also balanced the tartness of the fresh pomegranate seeds and apple sauce.

There was not one left at the end of the evening and several very nice people went out of their way to tell me how good they were. Yay for cleaning out the fridge!

Applesauce Caramel Pomegranate Cakies
with Caramel Glaze

For the Cookie/Cakie:
(loosely adapted from Apple Sauce Cookies II  at All Recipes)

  • 2+1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick (4 oz.) organic shortening
  • 1/4 stick (2 oz.) softened butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • Seeds from 1 whole pomegranate

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Set out the wire racks for cooling the cookies and place sheets of tin foil under them to catch the glaze drippings.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the shortening, butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add egg and combine thoroughly.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and caramel sauce.
  • Turn the mixer down to a lower speed and add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half of the apple sauce, then another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the rest of the apple sauce and the last of the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  • Warning: The dough is very sticky so wet your hands before forming the cookies on the baking sheet. If you are using a spoon, grease it. 
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges have browned and the middles of the cookies are soft but not gooey.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks and let cool completely before glazing.

Yield + 40 cookies

For the Caramel Glaze:
(Barely adapted from the The Runaway Spoon's Recipe)

  • 1/2 stick (4 oz) butter cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup light firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • Heat the butter, brown sugar, salt and milk until boiling. Let it boil for a minute and then remove from heat.
  • Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes and then quickly whisk in the powdered sugar until no lumps remain.
  • Pour over the cookies and let the glaze dry before serving or packing them.


  1. These sound delicious - I love the idea of these flavours together. The caramel glaze looks very irresistible :)

  2. You really can come up with some wonderful treats off the top of your head and from the back of your fridge and pantry. These look mighty good.

  3. Brain power meets the taste buds in an unholy mash-up! Great job. GREG

  4. The pomegranate is definitely an interesting pair. It's so bright and tangy. That's nice with caramel.

  5. You are the MacGyver of cookies, woman!

  6. When I want to eat a sweet for breakfast, this is the kind I want to wake up to with a large milk.

  7. I like the previous comment calling you the MacGyver of cookies - how funny and true. Very cool name as well - cakies :)

  8. Oooh these look sooo tasty. I love caramel. Too much, probably. Anyway, how awesome that there's a UN Spouses Association. The aerospace companies here in town used to have those, but not anymore! I actually went to a Stitch n Bitch once and the first question one of the women asked me was where my husband worked. "Is this 1950?" I thought, but responded that he worked at Hawker Beechcraft. Her reply: "We're Cessna wives here." Needless to say, I left early and have never been back!

  9. "We're Cessna wives here." Oy. Really?

    When I as in Germany I also belonged to the UN Spouse group in Bonn. The UN is seriously it's own trip but there are some very dynamic cool people among the "politic-ers". Oh. And I am definitely the freak in the group.

  10. I am sure you're not a freak Lora! The cakies sound amazing, I love pomegranates, but never ever baked with them before. Makes me wonder why not..


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