I was all set to bake an apple pie this past weekend but then we stopped at the Ligonier Farmer’s Market and bought a berry pie.
This is an amazing market to visit and for anyone in the southwestern Pennsylvania area, it’s worth a trip to Ligonier. In addition to the raspberry cherry pie, we tasted smoked salmon, summer sausage, various wines from local wineries, wonderful chanterelle mushroom cheese, a local alfalfa honey and finished our food tour with grilled cheese toasted with 3 cheeses and homemade bread & butter pickles on the side. Oh yeah, we are going back very soon. (FYI, they are open every Saturday thru the first weekend in October)
And it wasn’t only about the food! We found homemade soy candles, gorgeous hooked wool rugs, a fabulous crocheted clutch bag that fits my phone perfectly and a cute picture of a chicken. A person could start their Christmas gift shopping here. Although I never start holiday shopping this early, I know people that do. So you could if you wanted.
My latest idea is to buy a place with a bit more land where I can own a few hens, so my sweet husband bought me the wood framed chicken print for now. The land and the chickens will come later, maybe. ? I tend to get lots of “ideas”.
Back to the Pie baking. Now I love pie but one pie in a family of 2 is enough for one weekend. And since we had that amazing raspberry cherry pie from Sand Hill Berries Farm, I switched gears and decided to try baking cookies with apples. I was thinking about apple pie spices, oatmeal, chewy, wholesome, etc.
While planning this recipe for Apple Cookies, one thing led to another and I ended up with a delicious wholesome oatmeal cookie studded with not only chunks of apples, but raisins and pecans too. This recipe is a “keeper” as I say when I’ve stumbled onto a cookie recipe that I know I will bake again.
The cookies were so deliciously tasty warm from the oven but I kept them refrigerated for a couple of days and they are just as good cold from the fridge. They taste like apple pie in a cookie with the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves but with an apple-cake texture.
I used the usual cookie ingredients in this Apple Cookie recipe; butter, eggs, unbleached all-purpose flour and brown sugar. I included 3 honey crisp apples, peeled and cut into chunks, and spices that reminded me of apple pie; cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It’s an easy recipe, no need to chill prior to baking. The dough is somewhat wet, so I would try baking a few as a test run to make sure they don’t spread too much. If you notice your test cookies flattening out more than you’d like, you can increase your oven temp or chill the dough for 30 minutes. I baked them at 360 degrees which was perfect for my oven.
CINNAMON, NUTMEG, GROUND CLOVES
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I hope you enjoy this hearty chunky apple oatmeal cookie recipe. It’s an old-fashioned cookie that reminds me of brown bag lunches and cool fall days. It tastes like apple pie with the texture of an apple spice cake. And don’t forget the vanilla sugar glaze which sweetens the cookie just right!
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, (1 stick or ½ cup), softened
- 9 ounces light brown sugar (1¼ cup packed)
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 7 ounces all-purpose flour (preferably unbleached) (1½ cup)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp ground cloves
- 4 ounces rolled, old-fashioned oatmeal (1 cup) NOT quick oats
- 6 ounces raisins (1 cup)
- 1 cup pecans ( break into chunky pieces) (approximately 4 ounces)
- 2-3 medium peeled and chopped, crisp and juicy apples (1½ cups ),( I used honey crisp)
- 2 ounces orange juice (1/4 cup)
- 6 ounces powdered sugar (approx 1½ cup)
- 4 TBL butter, melted
- ¼ tsp pure vanilla
- Milk or more orange juice to thin to desired consistency for glazing
- Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
- Cream softened butter and brown sugar in your mixer until combined.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat in.
- Combine dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt and add to wet mixture.
- Stir in orange juice.
- Add and mix in Oatmeal, followed by apples, raisins and pecans mixing just to combine.
- Make sure added fruits and nuts are distributed evenly throughout mixture.
- Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, portion cookies onto silpat, parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 360 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes until top is set and cookies are lightly browned.
- Allow to cool on cookie sheet, then glaze with vanilla sugar icing.
- Add 4 TBL melted butter to powdered sugar, stir in, then add vanilla and milk or orange juice to thin to desired consistency for glazing.
Test run your cookies by baking a few in your oven. This cookie dough is wet and may tend to flatten out if your oven is not hot enough. If cookies start to spread too much, you can increase your oven temperature to 375 or chill your dough for 30 minutes prior to baking.