By: Elyse Sinsay
Welcome to the holiday season, ladies! Now that Halloween is officially over all of our favorite stores have told us it is Christmas!!! Hahahaha!! Well, I have not forgotten about Thanksgiving, nor my promise to share more recipes of the non-pumpkin variety. So, here is another recipe that doesn’t involve my mortal enemy, pumpkin! (LOL) Also, I’d like to take a minute to remind everyone that in the beginning of, well, all festivities we partake in, the original gagster of fall was APPLE! So, this little tasty treat is for you our old friend. And who doesn’t love a little caramel with their apples?? I know I do! As always this recipe is made with Splenda, so it’s a sugar free option for those of us watching our girlish figures OR for those of us who have family members who need the healthier option. In this recipe I also opted for a premade pie crust, due to my injured arm and inability to roll it out. Also, I thought the easier the better. So, without further ado, my holiday Apple Pie Carmel Cookies!
Apple Pie Caramel Cookies
Yield: 14 cookies each, but there was scrap you could eat too!
Bake time 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven
Prep: ½ hour
Total: 1 ½ hours
3 apples, Gala apples, peeled and sliced
2 TBSP Lemon Juice
3 TBSP Sugar
3 TBSP Brown Sugar
3 TBSP Cornstarch
½ TSP Cinnamon
Peel and Cut apples.
Toss in lemon juice and set aside in bowl.
In a pan mix cornstarch, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water. Stir till completely incorporated, then transfer to a pot. Stir till thick, bring to a boil. (This part will happen quickly, so don’t walk away. And keep mixing!)
Add apples to sauce. Turn down heat to low.
Simmer apples in sauce till apples are soft. Turn off heat and set aside to cool.
Once cool, take apples out of sauce, set aside sauce, chop up apples.
To assemble cookies
Preheat oven to 350
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with pam.
On cutting board dust with flour and rollout pie crust.
Once flat, cut strips for the top of the cookies and set aside.
Dust cutting board again and roll out 2nd pie crust and spread sauce on pie crust to the edges.
Then take chopped apples and spread evenly on sauce.
Take the strips you made and make a lattice top over the filling.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS: 1 egg, 1/4c sugar, 1 TBSP Cinnamon
Make an egg wash and brush the top of the lattice.
Mix the sugar and the cinnamon and then dust the top of the lattice and egg wash for extra yumminess.
I suggest using at least a 2.5” cookie round but I only had a princess crown for the photos, so use your best judgement for cutting the shapes out. But at this point, cut out the cookies. Do this slowly so you don’t tear apart the top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or longer depending on your oven. You just want them golden brown.
Let them cool for 5 minutes, these you want to eat warm. Maybe with some vanilla ice cream? Enjoy!
Well, I love these cookies, my family did too. Please try them out, they are easier than they look. Enjoy the holiday’s people, and as always, have a very merry un-birthday to you!