Showing posts with label applesauce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label applesauce. Show all posts

Friday, October 16, 2009

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies with Homemade Cinnamon Chips



A few weekends ago our family had the funnest day going apple picking at an orchard nearby. We rode a haywagon, tasted some delicious apple fritters and danced to the music playing on the nearby stage. It really doesn't get better then that, does it? But since then I have been doing everything I can to use up our entire box of apples so they don't go to waste.

I saw this recipe on Maria's blog at Two Peas and Their Pod. I am such a fan of Maria's food, I'm always so excited to try her recipes. The only downside to these cookies was that I could not find cinnamon chips, ANYWHERE! I was just about to admit defeat until my genius friend Alissa gave me the idea of making my own. All is takes is melting white chocolate bark or candy chips with a whole bunch of cinnamon and piping them in the shape of chips. The only think I would do different is add more cinnamon for some stronger tasting chips, but otherwise they were so fun, and just delicious in the cookies!



Homemade Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients

1 bag of Wilton White Chocolate Melts (or almond bark)
Ground cinnamon, to your taste (I used 3-4 tablespoons)

Directions

Melt White Chocolate. Add cinnamon to desired taste and mix thoroughly. Fill piping bag, or ziplock bag with snipped tip. On wax paper, pipe small chips using a circular motion. Allow at least a half hour to dry and cool. Store in a cool, dry place.

I don't think I'll ever declare a favorite cookie, but these definitely go in my top ten, they're like an apple pie in cookie form, and they make your house smell like heaven!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
By Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
Pinch of all spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup applesauce
1 apple, diced (I used Granny Smith)
1 1/4 cup oats-not quick cooking
3/4 cup cinnamon chips

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined.

3. In the bowl of a mixer combine the butter and sugars until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.

4. With the mixer on low, add in the applesauce and diced apple. Mix until well combined.

5. On low, slowly add in the flour mixture. Don't over mix. Mix just until the flour mixture disappears.

6. Stir in the oats and cinnamon chips. Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. Place the cookies 2 inches apart.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. When set, transfer them to a cooling rack.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homemade Applesauce


Are any of you insomniac bloggers? Do you blog late at night when your body and brain won't let you sleep? I only ask because that is what I'm doing right now. Fortunately it's not something that happens too often, but every couple of nights or so the sandman forgets to stop at my place...so I blog. Thank goodness for the miracles of technology to keep us entertained late at night!

My mom often had homemade applesauce for us while growing up as a kid. Mmm, there was nothing better then getting a ladle of that stuff, still steaming, right after being prepared. It just has so much more texture, depth and flavor then any of the jarred stuff that's available at the grocery store. I am also a huge fan of applesauce because it's one of the few forms of fruit that my son will actually eat!


Any chance those necklaces are made with real fruit juice?

For some reason, I always had it in my head that applesauce was way too intimidating to make, and required fancy kitchen equipment and techniques that I didn't have. But, as it turns out, making homemade applesauce is just about as hard as making a pot of mashed potatoes. And just like making mashed potatoes, there really isn't much measuring to do, so trust your gut, and your tongue!

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients

10-20 Golden Delicious apples (just depending on how much you want), peeled, cored and cubed
brown sugar
granulated sugar
cinnamon

Directions

Put apples in a large pan and add about an inch of water, boil down for several minutes. Apples will release their own juices. Apples will be ready to mash when they are practically falling apart on their own. Mash to desired consistency. Add cinnamon, and sugars to taste, but add sparingly because applesauce will sweeten as it cools.
 
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