i like you best: fresh apple spice cookies

fresh apple spice cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

I love fall. For me, it’s all about the trees with their heavy, colouful leaves. And air so cool and crisp that requires your favorite cardigan, slightly wrinkled and maybe a bit musty from its hiding place at the back of your closet. It means opening your sock drawer for the first time in months and noticing the navy pair with the bright blue polkadots that you forgot you had purchased at an end-of-season sale. And it means a colourful selection of apples at the market. Out of all the fruits from all the places, I love local apples the best. Gala, Fuji, Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Spartan, Macs, and Golden Delicious, are just some of the varieties that sit outside in bins that line the entrance of my local market. Every few days I fill a bag of shiny, happy green Granny Smiths from the Okanagan and take them home. Once home, I bite into their snappy skin and dig in with my teeth until I actually shiver from the sour as I get closer to the core where it gets really, really sour. I used to eat Super Sour Dweeb candy until my tongue cracked, so I’m no stranger to The Sour. I love it. And having a big bag of apples at close hand means I’ve always got a tasty snack at hand. 2 or 3 apples a day isn’t unusual for me this time of year. Yet despite the rumor, an apple a day does not keep the doctor away as I’ve had one a doozy of a cold with 2 doctor’s visits that’s lasted long enough to shoot that old wives tale down for good.

fresh apple spice cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

Clearly the magic with apples isn’t in their ability to heal, it’s all about their crunch and deliciousness. While I love eating them out of hand or slicing them up into eights and munching them that way, throwing them into a baked good is clearly another way to go about things. Apple cake‘s been done, apple coffe cake‘s a keeper, and apple chai loaf or one with cheddar is also good, but these fresh apple cookies have got their own thing going on.

fresh apple spice cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

For one thing, these cookies are heady with spice. Forget just a sprinkle here or a dash there – we’re talking about 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. This is some serious spice business and this cookie doesn’t play favorites with the cinnamon. Each spice is well accounted for and happily so. Wusses need not apply. These cookies also have got some serious texture going on. Out of the oven and slightly cool, they’ve got a bit of sturdiness – not quite crisp, but not a lot of cakey give, if you know what I mean. I love them best this way. But throw them in a covered tin overnight and they get soft and cakey and that’s the when my husband likes them best. It’s a cookie win-win.

fresh apple spice cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

These are easy to whip up, but they do require some serious stirring and I’m thankful to our mixer for lending a helping hand. The batter is heavy and sticky and when the apples, raisins and walnuts get added it seems like the batter won’t hold them. But they do and everything works out just fine. They’re made with whole wheat flour and along with the apples these cookies almost seem virtuous. Eat ’em for breakfast – they’re great with a morning coffee and equally delicious with a late night pot of tea. So thank you fall for the apples, and the cardigans, those polkadot socks and especially for these cookies.

fresh apple spice cookies | everybody likes sandwiches

19 comments to “i like you best: fresh apple spice cookies”

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    Joanne   October 15, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I tend to put pumpkin in the spotlight more, but I can’t get enough of fall apples either! I too eat at LEAST one a day. 🙂 These cookies sound delicious! I love all that spice.

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    LizA   October 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I wonder what would result if a cup of toasted oatmeal found it’s way into the recipe?

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    Mindy   October 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    These sound amazing! I can’t wait to try them, so I’m making them today.

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   October 15, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Cookies for breakfast? Count me in! Especially when they’re loaded with apples, spice, and everything nice. 🙂

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   October 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My favourite fall socks, purchased back in April, are purple & grey stripes. I don’t have any go-to cardigans at the moment but I’m currently bidding on a preloved cashmere one on eBay. And as for apples, I only eat them once in a blue moon lol! My husband on the other hand LOVES apples and like you, eats several a day. We can’t buy them fast enough. These cookies, I’m most certain, will appeal to both of us. I love aromatic spices in everything including baked goods. Now if only I can steal a few apples from the crisper before they are consumed 🙂

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    kickpleat   October 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Thanks Joanne, I think it’s time to give pumpkin a bit of a rest and try these cookies – so worth it! I LOVED them.

    LizA, I think you could, but I’d add a bit more liquid too because as is the batter is already thick. If you do try, let me know how it goes.

    Minday, I know you’ll love them. They’re delicious and my new favorite fall cookie!

    Ha, thanks Amanda! Everything nice it is!

    Bijoux, I used 1 large apple for these cookies so I’m sure your husband won’t miss it – and I think you’ll both be happy with the cookies. So good and spicy! And those socks sound super cute!

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    Jacqui   October 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I’ve got 2 huge boxes full of apples right now. I’m so making these! They look like muffin tops, but I’m glad you described their texture because I’m not as into really cakey soft cookies.

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    Nicole   October 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Socks, cardigans and fall treats are my favorite, too! How did you know I just pulled the most wrinkly cardigan out of a drawer yesterday? :)I love the sound of the heavy spice and chunks of apple. Yum!

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    kickpleat   October 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Jacqui, the texture the day they’re baked is ideal – not soft & cakey – however, the next day they turn soft. Still good just not my favorite. I wonder if they were kept out without being covered in a tin if the texture would be different the next day? Something to think about!

    Nicole, yay for wrinkly sweaters!! These are good spicy cookies and I’m already planning on making more.

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    Molly   October 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Today I pulled out navy blue argyle socks. It was time. And yup, there’s an apple cake on my counter. Soon, there will be apple spice cookies up there, too.

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    Elizabeth   October 17, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I love the idea of apple cookies, and these look so cozy and hearty. I’m all for warmth and wool, but have somehow become one of those no sock types well into the chilly weather.

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring   October 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I have this urge to make all things with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, so thanks for this recipe!

    (P.S. That’s an adorable cloth in the photos 🙂

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    vandana rajesh   October 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    These look absolutely amazing..on my to try list.

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    sarah   October 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

    These look fantastic! This may be a stupid question but am I right in thinking I should use ground cloves rather than the whole ones?

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    Jennifer @ jenmi jenmi   October 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    They look beautiful and tasty. 🙂

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    kickpleat   October 22, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Molly, hooray for argyle socks and cookies!

    Elizabeth, I’m actually a no-sock girl too, but when I wear boots I need some socks….and I’m sure it will get cold eventually and I’ll be happy to have a fuzzy pair around!

    Thanks Christy!

    I hope you give them a try, Vandana!

    Sarah, you are correct – ground cloves and cinnamon. I only use whole cloves in studding a ham (hmmm, that sounds odd) or making mulled wine.

    Thanks Jennifer! They are tasty!

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    Darcel   November 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Our family finished picking our Okanagan apples last Friday…..now that harvest is over I have time to bake. Saw your cookie recipe and in your photos is the coffee cup my late father used when I was a kid. His birthday was October 14 (teary). Thanks on many levels!

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    kickpleat   November 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Aw, Darcel, I know what you mean about the coffee cup. So much reminds me of my mom and its funny what things can make you tear up. I do hope you enjoy the cookies – should be great with your harvested apples 🙂 Glad I could conjure up some good memories and future baking plans.

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    Lisa   September 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

    These are wonderful! Made them last night and we swooned over them. The strong spice flavor is very, very good. And this morning they were still delicious. I substituted dried cranberries and pecans for the raisins and walnuts. Thanks for a keeper!

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