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🍎Apple Crisp Cookies

The same great taste of apple crisp in an easily portable, mess-free cookie!


🍎Apple Crisp Cookies 🍎

Recipe:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature. 

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons yogurt (I used salted caramel Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup apple cider

1 large apple (I used Spygold)

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

2 cups oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Peel, core, and small dice the apple. Place apple pieces on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 2 minutes to soften apples. Let cool. 
  3. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. 
  4. Stir in the cooled apple, the yogurt, and the apple cider. 
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and oats and combine. 
  6. Drop by scoop or teaspoonful onto a baking sheet (I line mine with parchment paper first). 
  7. Bake for 8-10minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  8. Store cooled cookies in an airtight storage bag or container. These cookies freeze well. 

🍎🍎🍎🍎Happy Fall!🍎🍎🍎🍎

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🍎Autumn = Apples🍎

I have said it before, but I will say it again-I love Fall! The crisp morning air, the changing of the leaves, hoodies and scarves, and of course apple picking! And what comes with apple picking? Aside from the family FUN tradition of picking apples together, comes the family YUM tradition of 🍎pies, 🍎crisps, 🍎bars, 🍎sauce, 🍎 chips, 🍎 Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, 🍎breads, 🍎sauce cookies.. all things apple! 


🍎🍏 Windy Hill Orchards 🍏🍎

My first 🍎 creation of the season is this twist on apple crisp! 

I used my tart pan for this delicious treat. I made up a cake mix from scratch (minus the wet ingredients), added some melted butter and pressed it into my pan. After baking it for about 5-7 minutes, I layered in my thinly sliced apples. A little drizzle of caramel sauce and a cinnamon oat crumb topping, and it was off to the oven to finish baking. The hardest part was waiting for it to cool (I don’t care for hot apples)!

Frozen Treat Fake-Out

Are you dieting? Or even just trying to make healthier food choices? Here’s a frozen treat fake-out that can be swapped for ice cream, sorbet, Italian ice, or fro-yo! 

  
If you love frozen treats and the tang of cranberries, then this frozen treat will fake-out your taste buds and make them think you are eating something naughty. 

To make it, I threw whole cranberries, cubed apples, and orange chunks (without peels) into a food processor with a little lemon juice. I made this one a bit chunky, but you can puree it as fine as you’d like. I didn’t add any sweetener to mine, as I like it a bit tart. You could add honey, or apple sauce if you feel you need to cut the tartness. 

When it reaches your desired consistency, freeze in an air-tight container. Once frozen, scoop with an ice cream scoop into your serving dish and enjoy!

All Things Apple

Fall is here… that means apple picking at Windy Hill Orchards.

 

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We picked a few…bushels! (Actually, our total was almost 5 bushels!)

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Apple picking means All Things Apple!

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Plenty of fresh apples to eat.

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Lots of apple pie fillings to freeze.

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Dried apple chips.

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Caramel apples!

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Apples bring smiles : )

More things apple to come, for sure-as I have only just begun!

Fresh Apple Cider

I got the chance to join some friends in making fresh apple cider this weekend at the Pierstown Press Fest! The apple picking had already been done and the loot was bountiful! So, just a few simple steps, only one ingredient, and a few hours later, we had gallons upon gallons of delicious fresh apple cider!

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Step 1: Washing

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Step 2: Chopping

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Step 3: Pressing

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Crank the press down…

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And the cider starts flowing!

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The apple pulp will feed the wildlife through the winter months.

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Step 4: Bottling.

What a beautiful day it was-sun was shining, music playing, friends manning the stations and working together like a well-oiled machine! Not to mention the smoked pork tenderloin, sausage, and burgers on pretzel buns (I made these from scratch-stay tuned to a future post), with chicken riggies (I also made these-which I will post about later), potato salad, macaroni salad, grill-roasted veggies, and ‘apple pie’ to drink!

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As the day drifted into night, we rounded out this perfect day with a fire. It was a small one, but suited it’s purpose just fine!

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A mule ride (of the ATV sort, not the mammal type) up the hill to a star-lit sky and we huddled around to block the wind while the paper lanterns were lit.

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It may have taken several tries, and a burned finger or two, but we had lift off!

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We not only had our freshly made apple cider, but to commemorate the occasion, we were also given these great t-shirts!

What an awesome day we had at Pierstown Press Fest! Thank you to our hosts, B&B, and  to all our other friends that made the day what it was!

Chewy Apple Crisp Bars

My sister prefers apple crisp to apple pie. Actually, it’s the crisp that she enjoys so much. She said she wished there was a way to have a cookie made out of the ‘crisp’ part. I got to work dreaming up a recipe just for her. Oddly enough, as soon as I had come up with the recipe in my head, and before I even had a chance to write it down or bake it, I saw a post from mybakingaddiction that essentially summed up my dream cookie! (check our their blog-some really great baked good posts happening there!)

Here’s my recipe for these Chewy Apple Crisp Bars:

Crust:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 TBSP baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash nutmeg

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Combine all ingredients with a fork until combined. It should be crumbly.

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Press firmly into a sprayed 8″ square pan. Peel, core, and very thinly slice 2 apples. picture554

Lay the apples on top of the firmly packed crust until it covers the entire crust. Make crumb topping.

 

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup cold butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Use your hand to incorporate these ingredients and squeeze it to warm up the butter and meld all the ingredients and flavors together. Mixture will still be crumbly, but moist. Sprinkle topping over the apples so that every last centimeter is covered. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.

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These chewy bars are totally enjoyable as is; but to kick it up another notch, I drizzled some homemade caramel sauce over the top of the warm bars.  picture561

These were so good, we didn’t want to stop eating them!

 

*And here’s a trick for those of you who don’t keep a whole lot of baking supplies on hand… You can substitute the crust for 1/2 a box of vanilla cake mix! Just don’t add any eggs, oil, water, or any other wet ingredient, to it! Just put the dry mix in a bowl, add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and 1/4 cup of melted butter.

 

 

 

 

10 Awesome Things About Autumn

  1. Foliage  Seeing the pretty trees as they change colors, watching the warm hues swirl down like a light rain from the trees, and raking the crispy leaves up to jump in!
  2. Apple Picking  Which includes eating the apples, baking with the apples, dehydrating the apples, making applesauce, and juicing the apples!
  3. Corn Mazes  Wearing rain boots, running through the corn field, getting lost and found again, and finally making your way to the end… and back!
  4. Nature Hikes  Walking through the woods, listening to the rush of the water over the falls, watching the squirrels race around to gather their food for the winter, and seeing the joy on the faces of these sweet girls as they take it all in!
  5. Fleece and Hoodies  So warm and soft… need I say more?!!?
  6. Butternut Squash  Yet another one of my comfort foods….Roasted, Soup, Chili… no matter how you cook it up, it’s bound to warm you through!
  7. Pumpkins  Whether left as is for decoration, carved for decoration, baked in cookies and pies, roasted for soups or seeds, or even carving for use as a canoe!
  8.  Hay Rides  I know I have a picture or two of some hay rides, but for some reason, all I could find is one of my daughter behind the wheel of a giant tractor! Well, tractors can pull the wagons for a hay ride-right? lol
  9. Fall Festivals  Applefest, Pumpkinfest, Garlicfest… So much fun to be had!
  10. The Smells of Autumn  This photo happens to be my baking helper making some cookies, but baking cookies is only one smell of Autumn. There are pies, cakes, breads, and the like… as well as the crisp Fall air!

 

What are your favorite things about Fall?

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