Cookies Like Little Apple Pies

The flower is Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis)

The origin of these cookies was in one of those horrible moments that bakers just hate: halfway through a recipe I realized that an ingredient had been left out–but what? The bone-dry crumbs in the big yellowware bowl were not going to come together, and the recipe gave no clue as to what was missing, though now I wonder why I didn’t think to add an egg. Instead, providence led me to add enough buttermilk to form a dough, and chopped apple and vanilla. The cookies baked up beautifully, with an attractive crackly surface. Then I tasted: yum, yum, yum. Yum. They were melt-in-your-mouth crispy on the outside, and creamy with bites of fresh apple on the inside, like little apple pies. I am pretty sure this is how many cookies get created–by accident!

Cookies Like Little Apple Pies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 medium apple, washed and finely chopped (1 to 1-1/4 cups)

3 tablespoons buttermilk

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add chopped apple and buttermilk. Blend together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Form into walnut-sized balls and roll in a mixture of sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet, or use parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 minutes, turning once halfway through baking. Makes about 32 cookies.

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