Category: Food

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

I went to a Thirty-One team meeting last night.  On the way out I grabbed a cookie for my ride home.  It was just a cookie from a grocery store bakery.  Nothing too exciting.  There were 4 types to choose from: chocolate, sugar, white chocolate macadamia nut, and apple cinnamon.  I thought apple cinnamon cookies sounded fun and different so that’s what I went with. Oh, it was the right choice!  It was a FANTASTIC cookie.  I came home raving about this cookie.  Hubby thought I was nuts!  I had a dream about that cookie!  My goal for today was to find out how to make those cookies.  To the interwebs!  I found several recipes, but most did not look promising.  Several were just cookies with applesauce in them, so I can’t imagine they have that fantastic apple taste I was looking for.  So here’s what I tried.Apple pie filling.  You don’t need the whole can.  Do what you want with the rest.  Eat it straight out of the can. Make a second batch of cookies.  Whatever.  I don’t judge.  Spin around in the food processor to chop those babies up.

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Sing some Rolling Stones even though Fall Out Boy is playing in the background.  *Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good.*  Add egg and vanilla.
Add the apples. Curse that your Beater Blade broke and you have to scrape the bowl.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Add it!
Scoop the batter onto your greased or lined baking sheet.  I prefer a Silpat.  Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top.  Be generous.  I had quite a bit leftover. And the 3rd and half dozen got a good bit more than the first two dozen.  They had a yummier crunch on top.
Realize that using your medium scoop makes too big of a cookie after the first batch is in the oven and switch to the small scoop.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.  Take a picture.
Take a bite.  Take another picture.
So these cookies definitely turned out good.  I could eat a dozen in one sitting.  However, they were not nearly as delicious as the grocery store bakery cookie I had last night.  Hubby approved of them, too.  He didn’t taste “the cookie” so he can’t compare.  I think I might have a new mission in life.  I WILL make the most delicious apple cinnamon cookies EVER.
Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, remove 1 cup apples from pie filling. Save remaining pie filling for another use. Finely chop apples in a blender or food processor.In a large bowl, cream butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Add chopped apples to creamed mixture; stir until well blended.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together next 3 ingredients and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until a soft dough forms.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; stir until well blended. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Makes About 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
http://whatdoesshedoallday.com/apple-cinnamon-cookies/

Recipe adapted from Cooks.com

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Frozen Yogurt

As a special treat I made raspberry frozen yogurt for Cupcake the other day.  She loves it!  It was way easy (except the seed straining part) and I had a taste (or two) and it’s yummy!!!

2 cups frozen or fresh raspberries
4 tbsp superfine sugar
1/2 cup water
1 1/4-1 1/2 cups yogurt (I used whole milk for her)
6 tbsp sour cream
2-3 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

In a saucepan add raspberries, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 5 minutes.  Puree then strain the seeds.  Allow to cool

Stir the yogurt and sour cream into the puree and add enough confectioner’s sugar to sweeten.  Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze for 20 minutes.

See, I told you it was easy!!

Momma’s Good Eater

We were going to try sweet potatoes next, but post-Thanksgiving the grocery store was all out of them!  Can you believe it?  So instead I picked up a butternut squash.  I have never prepared butternut squash before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it.  Thankfully the internet told me!  I opted to roast the squash, which was apparently the easiest method and I have to say it was easy.  I cut it in half, put it in the oven and 40 minutes later it was soft and mushy.  I scraped it out into the food processor and voila!  Butternut squash puree.  It smelled good, it looked good but did it taste good?  I let Corinne decide.  She took a bite and gave me a look like “that’s not bananas!”  I wasn’t sure she was going to like it.  And I was really hoping she would because I now have two ice cube trays of it in the freezer!  But a few bites later the face was much happier.  Success!!!  She likes it!!  She’ll have it for a few more days and then we’ll try something else.  Maybe a green vegetable……

Nanners!

She loved them! It was a slow start with avocado. It took a few tries before she ate them. Oatmeal was the same. But bananas, she ate them all the first time she tried them. And there was barely any banana on her face. We had a little banana dribbling, but it was mostly banana munching. OK, there wasn’t much munching since she has no teeth and I ran the banana through the food mill, but you get my drift. So, we’ll give bananas a few more days to make sure she doesn’t have a reaction and then we’ll try something else! I’m thinking sweet potatoes!!

Finger Food

Avocado, take 2!  Actually, this was day 3 of avocado.  I put a glob of it on the tray to see if she’d eat it with her hands.  She didn’t.  She sure did like spreading it all over the tray, though.  Oh, and the spoon sure is fun to play with.