Halloween Whole Wheat Spice Cookies

With Halloween around the corner this is a yummy healthy recipe for the kids.   I did not make these.  This recipe is from my very good friend!  Thank you for letting me share!
Just look how gorgeous they are!  And so very tasty!

Whole wheat spice cookies with apple and cinnamon icing

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine/butter
1 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds (calls for nuts, but this is nut free for school)

Beat together sugar and margarine/butter.  Add water, vanilla and egg, beat well.
Mix together dry ingredients, and add to wet.  Don't over mix.  Divide into 4 balls, cover and place in fridge for 45 minutes.  Can wrap in wax paper and leave for a couple of days at this point.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Roll out balls, and cut with cookie cutters of choice (we chose halloweeen theme, but this is a good holiday one too).  Place on sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Let cool a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire rack.  Prepare icing in the mean time.

3 large dried prunes (could use figs)
1/4 cup boiled water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup powder sugar
1/4 cup apple juice (to the consistency you like)

Place prunes in small bowl, and cover with boiled water.  Steep for 20 minutes.  In a blender or mini food processor.  Process the prunes and water, then add brown sugar and spices, till smooth.  Mix powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time.  Then add enough apple juice to your liking.  Spread onto cooled cookies and top with sprinkles (if you like them).  Hopefully a little healthier than royal icing!

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