Friday, December 14, 2012

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

For this recipe I got my inspiration from the unopened bottle of apple pie spice in my cupboard.  I knew there had to be another use for it besides just apple pie.  So I thought to myself, sugar cookies, plus spice, plus real apples equals one delicious cookie!  And I was right. 

2/3 C shortening
2/3 C butter
1 1/2 C white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking bowder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1 apple  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar.  Stir in the eggs and vanilla.

In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

Stir flour mixture into the creamed mixture until fully combined. 

Add in the apple pie spice and stir well.  
Peel and chop the apple into small bits and fold into cookie dough.

Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes, cool on racks. Enjoy!

You can also make up a quick powdered sugar and milk glaze to top the cookies.  I thought it made a nice addition.  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

This recipe was inspired by a pin on Pinterest that showed a brownie bottom and a cookie top.  I'm thinking you have to have the perfect cookie and brownie recipes to make this work.  While mine did not turn out like the pin, they still turned out to be delicious little desserts!

First, prepare the brownie and cookie dough mix.  I cheated and used a mix for the cookies but you can use whatever recipes you want!

Next, fill sprayed muffin tins with enough brownie batter to just cover the bottom about 1/4 of an inch thick.  Place a cookie dough ball about the size of large grape, maybe a little bigger, on top of the brownie batter.
 These bake at 350 for about 19-20 minutes.  Let them sit in the pan for about two minutes after you take them out of the oven so they don't fall apart.  Enjoy!