I hesitated to even write about this experiment, because the whole idea comes from the most beautiful blog I’ve ever seen: smitten kitchen. You can read all about this fun recipe there, with incredible explanations and gorgeous photographs! Seriously, if I was held at gunpoint and could only live by choosing one food blog to read forever… this would be it! Deb is hilarious, very well-written, takes perfect photos, and is an amazing cook! Are you checking out this blog yet?
Deb recently made mini apple pie cookies. GENIUS. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and maybe you are in the mood for fresh apple pie during this fall season. Well, here is a very fun spin on the pie concept that will give you just a little bite of pie! (Depending on how many cookies you eat, that is!) Deb describes this recipe as heavy on crust, and great for those who don’t like overly sweet things. Perfect–for me, at least!
I tried this recipe back in October when it was first posted, and it was a big hit for Chris & I. I actually made apple pie cookies, pumpkin pie cookies (just inserted pumpkin puree with different pumpkin pie spices), and also a pie cookie combination of both! They were all great, but the apple pie cookies were our absolute favorite.
(We still don’t own a rolling pin, so Chris’s water bottle was enlisted!)
We loved the recipe so much that I decided to bake the cookies for a contest at our church two weeks ago. The contest required making 75 cookies, and though I knew already that this was a time-consuming recipe, I still thought I could make it happen. This time around, I bought the pie dough to save a step. Well, that did save a lot of time, but still not enough. Even though I thought I got an early start, I found myself scrambling with just an hour to go until departure… and still no cookies were in the oven at this point.
The kicker came when the fire alarm started going off ten minutes into the first batch. I think our oven needed cleaning, because there just was no stopping it! So, contest time came, and I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine, refusing to look at the dough explosion in the kitchen! Oh well. I’m glad Chris & I enjoyed the first go-around at least!
To conclude, I highly recommend these cookies. I would make them again for a small dinner party, or for Chris & I when we’re craving pie. They require a lot though, so they may not be the best for tons and tons of people! Unless you have all afternoon… and a clean oven, that is. :)