Friday, August 23, 2013

Apple, it's Home & July's Give-Away Apron Winner...finally!

I've been so discombobulated these last few weeks with packing, traveling across country, and now unpacking to even think about doing anything like blogging, but receiving my copy of The Baking Sheet from King Arthur Flour and seeing a recipe for Apple Snickerdoodles made me smile.  Snickerdoodles are probably my favorite cookie from childhood; looking forward to my mother baking a batch when I got home from school is a fond memory.  These have a definite twist with apple, but the aroma coming from my kitchen made me feel like home again.

The difference in taste is the addition of Boiled Cider and Apple Pie Spice, but the cinnamon-sugared, crunchy cookie tells you it's a Snickerdoodle.

Apple Snickerdoodles
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup (4 T) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup Boil Cider
1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice*
1 large egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 3/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice*
2 tsp. Cinnamon

*The original recipe calls for 2 tsp. Apple Pie Spice with the sugar to roll the cookies in before baking.  I used 1 tsp. in the dough and 1 tsp. in the sugar mixture, plus I added 2 tsp. cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 400F-degrees (I bake using the Convection setting and lowered the temperature to 380F-degrees)  Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the shortening, butter and sugar together thoroughly.  Add the egg, boiled cider, and apple pie spice and mix on medium to incorporate.  Scrape the sides of the bowl as need with a rubber spatula.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low just until combined--don't over mix.  I actually used the rubber spatula to stir in the dry ingredients.  Prepare the sugar/spice mixture and scoop up some dough, roll into a ball, then, roll in this mixture.

Place balls onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass or as I used, my "meat tenderizer."
Bake 9 to 11 minutes--with convection, it took exactly 9 minutes.
Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring the cookies to a rack to cool completely.  

The crispness is delightful and the slight tartness of the apple is a nice touch, especially with Fall around the corner.  I'm missing Washington a little, but the more exploring we do, the more I'm liking beginning a new chapter in my life.  I promise photos of these beautiful area soon. Enjoy!

Now, the important thing...the Winner of July's apron is Happy Cottage Quilter.  Please email me your mailing information and the apron will be winging it's way to you, XOXO

I'd like to promise that there will be an apron up in the next few days for August, but with just a week left in this month, I'm shooting for September!



  1. Hello Susan, I hope you are all moved in by now. I have been thinking about you! I bet my kids would LOVE these treats in their lunches. I like the idea of using the meat tenderizer, looks serious.Hugs. Kirsten

  2. Susan, how nice to see you start baking again! Those cookies look wonderful and perfect for the autumn afternoon tea break.

  3. One of my Sisterhood bakes was to love them! Congratulations,Happy Cottage Quilter!
    Jane x

  4. I love Snickerdoodles!! And I am so happy you are baking in the new kitchen! Hugs, Barb

  5. Welcome to the East Coast Susan! Nice to see your entry today. Snickerdoodles are a wonderful cookie for fall--your recipe looks delish! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

  6. woo-hoo!!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!! I love aprons, and wear them all the time to cook.

  7. Hello Dear Susan....Looking forward for photos from your new area. The cookies today look fabulous. So nice to hear from you. I love all your visits. Thanks for all the times you've stopped by. Susan

  8. dear susan, happy settling in! i've been thinking of you and hoped all is going smoothly and easy as possible. moving is a lot of work!
    LOVE snickerdoodles, i only tried them for the first time a couple years ago, but YUM. and that apron is SO SO cute!

  9. Happy to hear you are there! hope to talk to you soon.
    stamping sue

  10. I'm so happy to know you are exploring your new area and making yourself at home. It's a beautiful time of year to be starting your new life. Congrats to your winner! She will LOVE it! Sweet hugs!

  11. Yes, give yourself a break! What a great apron and a happy winner, I'm sure. Now these cookies sound a bit autumnal to me, but I'd love to give them a try in a week or two. ☺

  12. Apple Snickerdoodles sound great for fall! Hope your unpacking goes smoothly!

  13. Oh this looks like a great recipe. So glad you are starting to blog again. I can't believe how well you've done with moving across the country. I only moved 100 miles and I'M STILL in a loop!

  14. You are so dedicated...even when you aren't all unpacked you still create MAGIC!

  15. What a great flavor combo! I love the cookie imprint too:) Wonderful cookies for fall!

  16. Honey, I LOVE the way the meat tenderizer makes these all time favorites look!

    Sending you love and thanks for reminding me that snickerdoodles are not only one of my favorite cookies, but also one of my favorite words.

    I'm printing out the recipe right now.

    Love, love,


  17. I have never made these. They look lovely. So glad you gave us this recipe which I shall also print!

  18. Right now I don't mind having a few of them (Apple Snickerdoodles)

  19. Yum! The things you come up with. They look delicious and my apples are getting close to picking. I hope you have settled in ok. I know moving is stressful.

  20. Yummy. Looks like apples are making the rounds between our blogs. :)
    Thinking of you. Hope you are settling in at your new home. We are still in our transitional home, looking for the right one and I cannot wait. I still decorate here and there but there's still a feeling of hanging in the air. Transition...uggh. :(
    Have a lovely weekend, friend.

  21. I need to print this recipe out and save to make for my grandkids! They would love it and could put one in their lunches! Excellent!