Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Best Apple Cookies EVER.

Okay, so I don't have proof for that title,
but you'll just have to trust me on this one.

My Farmer said he was hungry for dessert the other night.

I have to admit, I was feeling the same way.
He had to go help the neighbor farmer bag up feed,
so I headed to my favorite resource for good food...
Ms Pioneer Woman.

Not having the ingredients and the time to make one of her recipes,
I clicked over to the Tasty Kitchen part of her blog
and found some cookies that had 2 reviews
and they were good,
had ingredients that I had,
and took only 15 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook.

That sounded do-able.

I changed up the recipe some to make it a bit more healthy
for my eaters,
but I have to tell ya,
I think I may have mastered this cookie,
healthy and all.

First I had to find the mixer:
my mom stopped by and did the dishes
and anything she doesn't know where it goes,
she puts into the mixing bowl.

That's okay, Mom.
No complaints here.
I love my dishes washed 
even if you have to heap them on my bed
when you're done.

Here's what the cookies are made of
(the glaze is cream, cream cheese, and maple syrup,
but they didn't make it into this scene).

I use coconut oil because it is better for the heart,
so 1/4 cup of lard/shortening/butter and 1/4 cup of coconut oil
get tossed into the mixer with
1 cup of brown sugar.

They are beat til they whip up together nicely,
kind of like rolling all the windows down in the car
so my children's hair all mingles together
and the gusting wind makes hearing each other impossible
so there is no bickering.

Ah, yes, creativity that outsmarts their attempts to scathe me
with frustration.
My brain figures these things out after a few years of experience.

Where were we?

Oh, yes,

then an egg and milk are added.

One change I made was adding some oatmeal
because anyway I can get this healthy stuff into my kids bellies,
I'm gonna do it.
So the dry stuff is all added to the blending mixer:
the 1/4 cup oats and 1 1/2 cups flour,...

the 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice,

 1 tsp. cinnamon

and the 1 tsp. baking soda,
whose picture didn't come out right;
(sorry, baking soda: better luck next time).

Next came the major improvement factor to this cookie:
a finger-tip sized amount of minced, fresh ginger.

Really, all that seems to come out of this effort is ginger juice,
but the power in this smidgen is a worthy addition.

Finally, when the mixer has blended these,
the 2 cups chopped apples and 1/4 cup chopped walnuts are stirred in...

as is the secret ingredient:

What is it?

Can you tell?

How good are you at recognizing a diet criminal?

It is this:

Oooo, yum.
One of my favorites.
I added 1/4 cups of Heath candies.
(Not healthy,
but the oatmeal will cover them with healthiness.

At least, that's what I tell myself).

Once these are all added and your batter looks somewhat like this:
you can get out your spoon
or melon scoop
or whatever instrument you use to get cookie sized cookies on your
cookie sheet,
and cook these up for nine minutes exactly.

Precise cooking time makes for the perfect cookie.

While these are cooking,
you can race the timer to get the drizzly frosting ready.

No, I didn't go to cooking school
and I know there is probably a better word for drizzly frosting:
if you know, please inform me in the comment section
so I can look like I went to cooking school.

At least for my frosting term.

Get out your real maple syrup.

Don't mention that other stuff to me;
I will cry if you ruin my cookies with it.

Yes, I know real syrup is wicked expensive
but it's 100% worth it.

It gets mixed with a spot of cream
and a dollop of cream cheese.

I'm sure there must be a recipe like this somewhere.
I can't have possibly come up with this all by myself.

(If it's as common as mint toothpaste and mans' white socks,
please don't tell me so.)

Ah, this is perfect.

When the timer goes off
announcing that the boys in the oven are done,
pull them out and begin their creamy christening.
Drizzle away.
If you want to be fancy,
there's probably a way to be fancy.
My people just want to eat them
so I nix the fancy.

Next time I'm doubling the recipe on these...
I think that may be later today.

I'll post just the recipe on my next post
so if you want it,
you wont have to read through all my prattle again.

I'm only repetitive to my bickering children...

when I can hear them.

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  1. WOW Those sound good;)
    I think the drizzly frosting is called glaze;)!

  2. They look delicious! I am definitely going to try them. :-)

  3. I call it glaze but I think I'll start calling it drizzly frosting. It sounds tastier!! I have to try these cookies

  4. So true about the windows and the kids! I had to laugh when I read that part. I also realized, after one of the youth group kids pulled my rear-view mirror off the van, that if you can't see the kids in the back, you also can't hear them! This was an ingenious discovery...however, I really must get that thing put back on! And your recipe sounds heavenly! I will have to try it!

  5. Those look yummy! If my daughter ever outgrows some of her allergies I'd love to try them.....maybe I could even modify them for us. But the pictures sure make me hungry! : )

  6. WOW - these look awesome and I think you could add Heath to just about anything and I'd eat it ;)

    I'd love it if you would add this recipe (and other holiday/seasonal sweets) to the {holiday sweet swap} I am hosting through December 31st! Old & new posts are welcome - hope to see you there!


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