The apple harvest is coming to an end and I can't let the season go by without posting a couple of the apple recipes I've made in the past couple weeks. Both recipes are very easy, yet special in their own ways.
These cookies are very light and cake-like. They are amazing immediately out of the oven!
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1-1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups (12 oz.) butterscotch chips
* 2 cups finely chopped apple
* 1 cup quick oats, uncooked
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small bowl, combine flour, soda, cinnamon & salt. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and butter; beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in butterscotch chips, apple and oats. Using a rounded tablespoon for each cookie, drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350º about 10-12 minutes. Cool 1 minute; remove to wire racks. Cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen (net, after eating a few of the cookies fresh from the oven!).
This recipe for Apple Torte is delicious, easy and special enough to serve for guests. I've made it a number of times and it always comes out perfectly.
* 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup flour
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla; blend in flour. Spread mixture over bottom and 1/1/2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
* 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 egg, at room temperature
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream cheese and sugar; blend in the egg and vanilla. Spread mixture evenly over the crust.
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 4 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (Granny Smiths/Heraldsons are great)
* 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Combine sugar and cinnamon; toss apples in the mixture. Spread over the cheese layer. Sprinkle almonds on top.
Preheat oven to 450º. Bake 10 minutes (watch carefully so almonds don't get too toasted). Reduce oven temperature to 400º; bake 25 minutes longer. Loosen from pan rim and cool before removing from the pan. When fully cooled, or just before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.