Monday, October 5, 2009

apple pie cookies

fall fever has struck again!
it's october, my favorite month of the year, and i'm starting it off on the right foot.

i've been getting antsy to go apple picking, but in the meantime something outstanding has happened down at the supermarket. can you guess what it is? they've finally stocked honeycrisps!

...i'm sure you've never heard of them, they're kind of obscure.

ha, no but really, they're the best apples around and they're so hard to find. and i look forward to apple season all year, so needless to say that sort of made my october.

so anyway, i'm currently learning how to cook, and it's really grand and all, but i miss baking. luckily, the school mailroom where i work is having a secret-santa sort of thing (just for fun), so it's the perfect excuse to start baking again! and since i'm so predictable, i chose something to showcase my beloved honeycrisp apple.

these cookies were so good, and they even got the seal of approval from the d-man (an oatmeal cookie connoisseur). they basically taste like fall, which is what i was going for i guess. i was skeptical about putting chunks of apples in a cookie, forgetting that apples get soft when you cook them (duh).

they turned out to be a great addition. the cookies are soft and gooey and bursting with apple-cinnamon flavor. the apples cut the sweetness of the icing on top, and it really is like biting into a little apple pie (says ali the cookie wizard).

apple pie cookies:

apple cinnamon oatmeal cookies:
1 + 1/4 cups flour
1 + 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 apple, diced (i used honeycrisp)
1 egg
3/4 cups cinnamon chips
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of nutmeg and allspice
dash of salt

icing, from here:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
splash of milk

.: preheat oven to 350.
. in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.
. in another bowl, beat butter and sugars together. beat in eggs and vanilla.
. on a low setting, add the applesauce and diced apple.
. slowly add the flour mixture until just blended.
. stir in the oats and cinnamon chips.
. drop teaspoon sized balls onto a cookie sheet 2 inches apart
. bake for 10-12 minutes
. let cool, then ice:
. for the icing, mix together sugar and maple syrup, adding milk to thin it out. it should be a sort of pasty consistency that will harden, but not enough to stack the cookies :.

this recipe made 30 really small cookies. if that's a good number for you, fine, but i'd double the recipe next time because i don't like my cookies that small.

also, if you've been keeping track, that's one oatmeal cookie failure and one oatmeal cookie success (and for the record, i like oatmeal cookies now. i've come a long way, baby). my next attempt/tiebreaker will be chrissy's recipe, so watch out for that, but in the meantime try these. now.


  1. Glad you liked the cookies. They look fantastic!

  2. thanks! i've never been much of a cookie person... i somehow always mess them up, but you may have helped me turn over a new leaf; i'm just in love with these :)

  3. alison, these look INCREDIBLE. so jealous...i really do miss fall in new england. october also has my vote as best month of the year. can't wait to hear how the oatmeal cookz turn out!! :)

  4. I've never heard of cinnamon chips. Are they like chocolate chips, but cinnamon? If I can't find any, do you have any suggestions for a substitute? Thanks. I can't wait to make these.

  5. exactly.. just like chocolate chips, but cinnamon. i just found them in my grocery store, next to the chocolate chips. i'm pretty sure they were hershey's, so i'll bet you can find them online, and they're definitely worth finding!