Applets and Cotlets (Old-Fashioned Candy, Like Persian Delights)

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  • Mix gelatin with 1/2 cup (125 ml) applesauce and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Put sugar and remaining applesauce in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in gelatin-applesauce mixture and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.
  • Pour into greased 8 inch x 8 inch pan. Let stand overnight.
  • Cut in squares and toss the squares in a paper bag of powdered sugar.
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  1. Can I substitute maple syrup for sugar?


  1. Turned out amazing, it took about a day for them to firm up and I dusted top with icing sugar/corn starch mixture after 6 hours, which helped the 'set'. A little sticky to handle and coat but well worth the effort. Alternatives that I tried and succeeded with - rosewater instead of vanilla, and apricot baby food instead of apple sauce; pomegranate jam/jelly, pressed through a mill to remove seeds instead of apple sauce. Definitely going to make this part of holiday baking tradition. I used this for a Kurdish meal I hosted - no leftovers!
  2. This is not very close to Liberty Orchard's Applets. I used a name brand applesauce, but the finished products wasn't a good apple flavor. The candy was not as firm as the name brand either. It was closer to a jelly candy that would be coated in chocolate. My humidity level is really low (it's winter) so I know that's not the problem. We let it set up 12 hours and then tried again at 24 hours. I had hoped that even if this recipe wasn't close, it was still be a good tasting candy, but it's not. My family didn't like the mushy texture, or the taste. We threw the pan of candy in the garbage and I will continue my quest to find a more authentic Applets recipe.
  3. If you use berry-flavoured applesauce and swap chopped walnuts for chopped blueberries, it turns out extremely purple and really, REALLY good. Thanks. My office loved them.
  4. I grew up in Washington state and have found myself nostalgic for things I can no longer get from there. Imagine my surprise and glee when I found this recipe! It tasted just like I remember. I'm going to be making these as Christmas gifts this year! They are so mildly sweet and melt in your mouth delicious and I was amazed at how easy they are to make. Thank you ever so much.
  5. I made this with frozen raspberries which I pureed and strained. I first enjoyed these treats during a visit to Washington State and have been waiting for a recipe to make them at home. I substituted Splenda for half the sugar and they turned out perfect. These are addictive and are a wonderful gift for the holidays.


  1. dusted top with sugar/starch to improve handling after setting for 8 hours, substitutes as mentioned


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