UPDATE 10/7/2011: I was THRILLED to see the CSI Project challenge theme for the week “Fall Food”! How amazing is that?! Click here to see all of the delicious challenge entries! Uhh-mazing! Apple Butter Cookies fit the theme perfectly, so I’m entering this recipe/post!
A few years ago my dad had to go through the unfortunate experience of having his combine burn up… yes, really! Lucky for him, he was nearly done with harvest and he had it fully insured. It was a “green machine” and the number of combines around the area that ended up the same way exceptionally high that year, especially for that machinery brand. However, my dad went right back to a John Deere combine the next year. Now you may be wondering, what does this have to do with anything?
That was a big display of brand loyalty. I am having a similar experience right now. No, my KitchenAid mixer isn’t on fire and it didn’t burn up, but what has happened is just as bad! For a few months now I could use it but I couldn’t turn it off unless I unplugged it. Mr. Swan thought he could fix it and well, now it’s broken. It doesn’t even turn on. I can’t pass all the blame onto him though, because I was sitting right there and agreed to everything he did. It was bad enough when it didn’t shut off, but now… it’s horrible!
I find it funny that a KitchenAid is supposed to “last a lifetime”, “outlast a marriage”, etc. You’ve heard those claims. Mine didn’t even last 3 whole years. And KitchenAid, I don’t even think that outlasts the average marriage in the U.S…. so that’s pretty bad. I do realize that I probably used mine more in 2.75 years than some people do in 20 years, but I think that’s irrelevant.
I am still holding out hope that I am going to get it fixed for less than half the cost of a new one. That’s my breaking point. If that doesn’t happen, I don’t think I’ll have any other option but to get a new one. And what would I get? A KitchenAid of course! I know, I can’t explain it. KitchenAid, if you are listening, I would happily accept a complimentary mixer to make up for my troubles. Remember, I am giving you free advertising right now!
My new oven is all hooked up and I have an island countertop, but I won’t have a dishwasher or sink until the rest of the countertop is installed. I wasn’t going to bake until the kitchen was finished. But then I saw the cookie recipes for the September Cookie Carnival and I couldn’t resist making them. So here goes the first of two, Apple Butter Cookies, the old fashioned way. The other September Cookie Carnival recipe are these Banana Breakfast Cookies.
When I first went to this recipe, I saw the picture and immediately thought these were sandwich cookies. You know, the kind where you bake two cookies and sandwich them together with some sort of filling?
I just discovered I could insert polls in posts, so I HAD to find something I could take a poll on….
These cookies are delicious. I LOVE baking with apples (if you also like baking with apples see my recently posted recipe for Snowy Glazed Apple Squares) and with this recipe I did it double. First I made homemade apple butter, and then I used the apple butter in these cookies. I used regular butter and 2 eggs – when you don’t have a way to wash dishes you don’t want to get an extra bowl dirty just to separate yolks and white. They turned out perfectly as far as I can tell. And in case you are still wondering, these are not a sandwich cookie. You actually drop some dough, add a spoonful of apple butter and top with more dough. They come out looking like a sandwich cookie.
First, delicious homemade apple butter:
Cream butter and sugar, then stir in molasses… notice I’m using my KitchenAid bowl, pretending like I am going to be able to use my mixer.
Stir in the sour cream:
Add eggs and apple butter and keep mixing:
Drop by spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet, then a spoonful of apple butter, and top off with another spoonful of dough:
Krista’s Apple Butter Cookies
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Molasses
- 3/4 cup Sour Cream
- 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup Apple Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 2 cups Flour
- 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses, sour cream and 1/2 cup apple butter, then stir in eggs. In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients. Gently stir dry ingredients into butter mixture. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking tray lined with parchment paper or greased cookie sheet. Leave 1 1/2 inches between each. Spoon a teaspoonful of remaining apple butter onto the center of each cookie. Top each with another tablespoon of batter. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 15-18 minutes.
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