November 13, 2009

Time for a change....

I decided it was time for a change of blog design. Cupcakes are an appropriate theme, but not sure if I'm convinced regarding the two column side bar thing. Feedback, anyone?

November 7, 2009

Apple-pie cookies

When I saw these cookies over at Bakingbites.com, I knew I had to make them immediately! Straight out of the oven, these cookies were pleasantly crisp on the outside, and wonderfully warm and moist on the inside. They keep well for two to three days in an air-tight container, but the outside of the cookies will lose the crispness. They are still delicious the next day, but I believe they are best consumed on the day you bake them. I am surprised there were even any left for the next day, I wanted to eat them all as soon as I'd made them, they were that good! Take note that as these cookies lose their crisp outside the next day, they are likely to stick together if stacked on top of one another in a container. You can get around this by layering plastic wrap or baking paper/grease-proof paper (my preference).

You really should make these cookies right away. You won't be sorry!

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Apple-pie cookies
Adapted from Bakingbites.com

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
125g butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/4 cups diced fresh apples (about 2 apples)
3/4 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped (I used walnuts)


Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a cookie tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until well combined and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, bi-carb soda, salt and spices.
  4. Beat in egg and maple syrup.
  5. Mix in flour mixture with a spoon or any other mixing utensil you desire, until combined.
  6. Stir in apples and pecans.
  7. Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie tray.
  8. Bake for 12-15 min, until cookies are browned around the edges.
  9. Eat one as soon as they're cool enough to pick up and eat.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. Cool the rest of the cookies for 5 minutes on tray, finish cooling on a cake rack.

Makes about 20 medium-sized cookies