Sunday, December 13, 2009

apple pie cookies - a great use for old apples

PB190502So what to do with leftover (and by leftover, I mean really old, but still useable) apples? Google it. Luckily I found an interesting recipe from one of my favorite baking sites, Baking Bites, called Apple Pie Cookies. Essentially it's a cookie that tastes like an apple pie (duhh). With the inclusion of maple syrup and spices such as cinnamon and ginger, I was very intrigued .

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The mixture was so tasty. The recipe called for maple syrup, and after a few taste-tests, I realized it wasn't maple-syrupy-enough. So after adding more syrup, and adding all the other spices, I couldn't help eating the dough by itself.

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Two chopped apples. Unfortunately the recipe didn't state whether to peel/not peel the apple, and neither included what size to cut them. THANKS! My imagination led me to tiny tiny apple squares with the peel- I don't know, I like crunch. In the end you couldn't even tell there were apple peels.

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Mad folding skills, I know.

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Sooo good and syrup-y and spice-y and apple-y!

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Roll and set in fridge until I'm ready to bake.

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A few days later, I was ready to bake (Well, I was studying for a final and deemed this an important enough reason to stop and take a break). Recipe clearly stated to drop by 1/4 cup-fulls, so I used my one-fourth cup measuring cup for complete accuracy! I was surprised that the dough was so wet and sticky even after days of resting in the fridge.

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I was so scared these bad boys would be huge balls of dough. Instead, they were huge cake-y cookies. The inside was almost like a cake, but a lot more moist. Tasty when they’re warm.

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I baked only three because my boyfriend was going to stop by and visit. I told him to bring back one to his mom or somebody else, but he ate all three selfishly. I took that as a good sign.

Fast forward to a week later... I had leftover dough (seeing as how I had no time to bake the rest during finals weeks) so I used it to add into my Christmas cookie gift boxes I was planning on giving away.

Still cakey, still good, but unfortunately underappreciated while other delicious-er cookies were around. These cookies didn't get the love they deserved :(

For shits and giggles, here is the Christmas photo of the Apple Pie Cookies (more Christmas photos to follow for all the other cookies I made that week).

Taken from Baking Bites.

1+1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp maple syrup (I added probably double that)
1+1/4 cups diced fresh apples (2 medium) (2 medium apples were way more than that for me)
3/4 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped (I forgot to add them, probably subconsciously because I didn't want to waste pecans)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and maple syrup. With the mixer on low speed, gradually blend in the flour mixture. Once all flour has been incorporated, stir in apples and pecans.
4. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto prepared baking sheet. (I soon learned how to eyeball it instead of using a measuring cup)
5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until cookies are browned around the edges. Cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 16 large cookies.

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