We recently went apple picking and brought home a twenty pound bag of delicious apples.  I have a couple favorite recipes that I like to use every fall and this year I let my children help me in the kitchen, which is one of their most favorite things to do.  We worked all afternoon and whipped up some apple cookies and apple muffins.  I also made a giant pitcher of sangria with the apples.  We had the best time, and everything turned out soooo good, but somehow only put a little dent in my apple stash so there’ll be more baking and some new recipes coming up.  Here are my recipes…..

Apple Cookies

These cookies are so delicious and pretty easy to make.  I use Betty Crocker’s Old Fashioned Recipe and amended it a bit.  I use almost double the apple than the recipe calls and I cut the salt in half- which is just a habit. I cut salt in every recipe.   Here you go…..

Ingredients

  • 2 Apples chopped (any variety)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup light brown packed sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Beat brown sugar, butter, and egg in a lage bowl with electric mixer till light and fluffy
  3. Mix flour, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda in separate bowl and slowly add into your mixture
  4. Stir in apples
  5. Scoop onto greased cookie sheets and place in over for 8-10 minutes 

We ended up taking the stroller around the neighborhood and dropped off a container of apple cookies to some of our neighbors and family members.  I had Cam draw a little note and tape it to the top of each container before we left.  I never realized how much fun my son would have just dropping baked goods at someone’s doorstep.  He thought it was the best thing ever!  It’s something sweet you might want to do if you have an overabundance of apples on your countertop too. 

Apple Muffins

These muffins are a favorite of mine. I use the Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe found here. If you want to cut down on the sugar you can skip the topping- but honestly that’s what makes these a little different than your average muffin recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 apples, chopped

Topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Stir flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together.  
  3. Mix oil, egg, and milk separately and add to mixture. 
  4. Stir in apples.
  5. Pour into greased muffin pan 
  6. If using topping mix together ingredients and sprinkle on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. 

Apple Cider Sangria

What I really set out to do was find a fun apple cider drink that my family could have but when I saw this picture I decided to give this cocktail a try and hand the kids a juice box.  I chose to share this recipe because it’s an alternative to the usual wine or beer that we serve if we have company and it’s easy- I can make it ahead of time and simply pour when my guests are here.  I amended it a bit- skipping the brandy because my local store was out of the ginger flavor and added more apple to it.  Perfect! Here’s what you need….

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 2 1/2 cups of fresh apple cider
  • 1 cup soda water
  • 4 apples, chopped
  • 2 pears, chopped

Steps

  1. Mix all the indredients together in a pitcher
  2. Regrigerate for at least an hour
  3. Garnish with an apple slice

There’s a reason I typed out the ingredients and instructions to my favorite recipes when I also provide you with the link to the source of the recipe…..Whenever I am following a recipe online I am constantly having to scroll back up to figure out the measurements of each ingredient, usually with food on my hands from whatever I am cooking, and then I lose my place.  It gets pretty annoying!  I like to have my ingredients/measurements with the instructions side by side so I can see everything in one frame.  That is how you’ll see recipes on my blog….hopefully you find it helpful!