Servings: Serves 6
Preheat oven to 400°. Sift 6 tablespoons sugar with 3 tablespoons flour; dust work surface with mixture. Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut cookies using a 3-inch cutter. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes. Bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4-inch-thick pieces; toss with lemon juice. In a medium bowl, combine remaining sugar and flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
Heat butter in a large, deep sauté pan over high heat until it sizzles, about 1 minute. Add apples and cook until softened slightly, tossing occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle in sugar mixture, mix, and let come to a boil. Cook until apples are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a compote dish and serve warm with cookies; garnish with cinnamon (if using).
Note: The cooked apples can be stored refrigerated for up to 1 day; heat over medium-low heat to gently rewarm—do not overcook.
From the November 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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