Apple Chip Cookies
Another day, another season, another fresh fruit to pick at Crooked Run Orchard. This time I was on an apple mission, and with a good half dozen varieties to select from I knew I would be good to go. Last year my friends and I picked around 25lbs of apples, this year the goal was to stay around 10 lbs in order to avoid apple overload. We wound up with just over 7 and so far there have been cookies, bread, and risotto! I also see an apple cobbler in the near future, that or apple cheesecake bars…just have to decide how motivated I want to be! Apple Chip cookies are probably my favorite cookies ever, and they came from a happy mistake. Every year my Mom makes her amazing Nut Clusters which involve a mixture of chocolate chips and butterscotch chip. I attempted to make them once in college and while the result was edible it didn’t come close. However the leftover butterscotch chips led to the creation of a new and amazing cookie: Apple Chip cookies. They are basically the love child of a caramel apple and a sugar cookie, but without the risk of pulling out braces (not like I ever did that). They are also extremely easy to make which is another positive when dealing with a college dorm kitchen. So if you have some apples on the verge this recipe might be the answer!
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted margarine, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all natural applesauce (no sugar added if possible!)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp apple cider
1 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup apples, finely diced
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a small bowl, set aside.
3. Cream the butter with the sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add the applesauce, salt, and cider. Mix well.
4. Slowly beat in the flour mixture, blending well.
5. Stir in the chips and apples.
6. Drop the cookies on to non-stick baking sheets with good spacing around each cookie. Bake for 11 minutes.
This recipe makes about 39 2in cookies. For some reason I always wind up with three full one-dozen racks and then three random lonely cookies at the end. One of the best things about this recipe is that since it is egg free there is nothing to stop you from licking the spoon! There is no right or wrong apple to use for this recipe, I prefer to use really tart apples such as Golden Delicious or Pink Lady but there is nothing wrong with using a sweeter apple. My roommate referred to these as “little tastes of heaven” and a number of my co-workers have requested more cookies…so I made another batch!