Three recipes for cookies featuring fresh apples

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By: Lynn Eckerle
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Request of the week:

Dear Lynn,
I’m looking for a good and hearty recipe for beefy vegetable soup or stew that can be made either on the stove top or in a slow-cooker.
– Mark from Litchfield, Mich.

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Recipes of the Week: Apple cookie recipes

Linda from Wayland, Mich., sent in a great sugar-free recipe for apple cookies. Her homemade applesauce really gives the cookies an apple flavor.

Cathy from Manitou Beach, Mich., likes to make her apple pecan cookies after a visit to the apple orchard.

Val from Goshen remembers her mom going out to their apple tree and picking the apples to make her apple raisin cookies.

For more recipes, please stop by my blog, Food, Fun & More.

APPLE COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 3 smashed ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup applesauce, without sugar
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup raisins, optional
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine bananas and applesauce. Add oatmeal and cinnamon, mix thoroughly.
  2. Mix vanilla with almond milk then add to oatmeal, mixing well. Fold in raisins if desired.
  3. Drop batter by teaspoonsful onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

APPLE PECAN COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2½ cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 Macintosh apples
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Directions

  1. Core but do not peel apples, then dice.
  2. Cream together butter, brown sugar and with sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, mix well.
  3. Process oatmeal in a food blender until powdered. Sift together oatmeal powder, flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture.
  4. Fold in apple chunks, pecans and chocolate chips.
  5. Using a small scoop, place dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cookies should be just starting to brown on the edges when done. Cool and remove with a spatula.

APPLE RAISIN COOKIES
Makes about 4 dozen.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 or more apples
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Peel, core and chop enough apples to make 1½ cups. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and milk, beating well.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir in apples, raisins and walnuts.
  4. Drop dough from a tablespoon onto well-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool cookies on a rack.
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