Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ugly Apple Cookies

Happy November! It's not too late for an apple treat, is it? NO WAY, JOSE!

I figure, until Thanksgiving has come and gone, apples are still fair game.

I actually meant to make these last fall but never got around to it. I suppose I could have made them any time I wanted (I do what I want!), but I don't know. These just scream fall to me. Why mess with a thing like that?

This recipe comes from my ever reliable Cookie Bible and I didn't really do any modifying. I considered adding some white chocolate chips (because a cookie without some sort of chip is just odd), but really, these bad boys do just fine on their own!

These cookies are unique - they don't call for any actual sugar. The sweetness comes from the apple and apple juice concentrate. The result is a fluffy and chewy cake-like cookie.

And while these apple cookies don't call for any freshly picked apples, they still deserve an invite to the apple season party. The dried apple chunks add a great chewy texture along with a pretty powerful punch of apple flavor.

They may look a bit, um, ugly, but they sure bring a party to your mouth!

As usual, the weather around my part of New England has been ridiculous. One day it's cool, crisp and breezy (Autumn at its best) and the next it's sunny and warm and hitting 75 degrees. GO HOME, MASSACHUSETTS, YOU'RE DRUNK!

I guess considering that, it's the PERFECT time for these cookies. If the weather can't make up its mind, I am staying in a Fall state of mind until further notice. Care to join me?

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Ugly Apple Cookies
  • 3/4 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice, thawed
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried apples
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  3. Combine apple juice and apples in a small bowl, sit for 10 minutes. 
  4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg and mix. 
  5. Beat eggs in medium bowl. Beat in concentrate mixture, butter, and vanilla. 
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. 
  7. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.