Monday, September 22, 2008

Fresh Apple Cookies

I'm such a fall person.

And really, what's not to love? Cool, but enjoyable temperatures, college football, apple cider, and the beautiful fall colors. MM MM MM.

Sadly for me fall comes a little later here in Southern Indiana, and today's forecast still has us at a high of 83 degrees. I can hardly bring myself to pull on a t-shirt - my long sleeves are beckoning to me. But on the flip side it doesn't get nearly as cold (as early) as what I'm used to. Basically fall lasts later into the year here, which is definitely a plus.

AND I can still bake like it is fall, right?

I have wanted to bake these cookies since we first received the cookbook as a wedding present. A few years ago, family friends put together an in-depth cookbook of tried-and-true favorites. From what I understand, they had so many requests for it outside of their family that they printed a few extras. I was thrilled to receive "Lanser Family Favorites" as a wedding gift and have used it a ton these past three years.

Fresh Apple Cookies

1/2 C butter, softened
1 1/3 C brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 C milk or apple juice
2 C flour
1/2 t salt
1 t allspice or cloves
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 C apples, chopped into small pieces with peel still on
1 C raisins
1 C chopped nuts (optional - I personally left them out)

1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 T margarine
1/2 t vanilla
dash salt
approx 2 T milk

Mix butter and sugar, and then add egg and milk/apple juice. Then add dry ingredients. Stir in apples and raisins (and nuts if you like them). Bake at 350 on a greased cookie sheet for 16-18 minutes. When slightly warm, frost with glaze.

Mine are slightly underdone, so I hope the girls coming over for movie night tonight don't mind! They're still delicious and go especially well with apple cider!

And now you know what I ate for breakfast this morning...


Short Stop said...

Those look DELICIOUS! And, I always underbake my cookies...I like them that way.

When are you in GR next?

Erika said...

Hmmmm, the cookies look good, Jess. I agree - fall is my favorite time of year. It's the only reason I was bummed in Israel. There the fall lasts for about 1 week, just not the same as a good ole' MI fall :)

Jaimbob said...

Wow witte! I will totally have to try those cookies they look amazing!! Do they taste like apple and cinnamin goodness?

Chrispy Critter said...

between you and tayna, I am going to be in big trouble!!!

Dave and Jenni said...

Oh yum! Those look awesome. Oh, and it's still 80 degrees up here to and I'm baking and cooking in the crockpot like it's November. LOL.

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Lynn said...

Yum! These look great and are so perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing!