harvest understudy — toffee apple cookies

by hungryrabbit on October 7, 2011

Toffee Apple Cookies

Like a house guest overstaying a planned visit, the summer-like weather intruded on autumn, my favorite time of year. Even with crates of apples emerging at the Farmer’s Market, it’s hard to feel harvest time if you’re shvitzing in the sun.

Then came mornings of crisp cool air to put the August heat to bed.  I could reconsider apples from the various vendors. The selections were good, but I suspected that these were not necessarily from this year’s harvest but rather last year’s remaining crop in storage. I could be wrong but since we just stepped into October, there was plenty of time to indulge later.

As I headed for home, I felt a bit empty handed to satisfy my urge to bake. I couldn’t let go of the idea of making something with apples. I decided to forgo the fresh version, and use dried apples—not as the core ingredient but as a surprise counterbalance. If I made toffee cookies, the chewy moist bits of apple would square off against the toffee sweetness in the foreground.  The result was Toffee Apple Cookies, ready for Halloween.

Toffee Apple Cookies

yield: 30-36 cookies

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 cups oatmeal
1-1/2 cups (4-1/2 ounces) dried apples, diced
3/4 cup walnuts (3 ounces), toasted and chopped
1 cup toffee pieces (5-1/2 ounces)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (5-1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) light brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl, set aside. In a separate medium bowl, combine oatmeal, dried apples, chopped walnuts and toffee pieces, set aside.

2. In an electric mixer, using a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugars on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl one or twice during mixing. Add egg; mix on high speed to combine. Add vanilla extract; mix to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

3. On low speed, add flour mixture in additions until well combined. Add the oatmeal mixture slowly until combine. Do not over mix.

4. Divide dough in half; roll each piece into log about 1-3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in parchment paper and twist ends to seal and firmly compact dough into tight cylinder. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

5. Set oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350℉. Remove one log from refrigerator and cut into 3/4-inch thick pieces.Place dough, 2 -inches apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

1.Look for unsweetened/unsulphered dried apples if possible.

2.  You can add an addition 1/4 cup of light brown sugar if like a sweeter cookie.

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Simone October 7, 2011 at 2:57 am

That looks delicious Ken and what a great idea to combine toffee and apple in a cookie. Autumn has come here in full force as we’ve been having quite the storm here complete with rain and thunder.

Meeta October 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

Oh this uses dried apples! And I have a huge bag of fresh ones waiting to be used. LOL! Still this is an awesome as it reminds me of the Sticky Toffee Apple Cake I made a while back (recipe on my blog) Something about flavors of apple and toffee that just makes you want to take another bite!

The Pleasure Monger October 7, 2011 at 3:15 am

oh gosh I would REALLY like these to munch on now…

Tina@flourtrader October 7, 2011 at 7:24 am

Another great cookie recipe, Ken. Great fall flavors and wonderful texture! I would surely like to have some of these. Delicious!

Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips October 7, 2011 at 7:59 am

Autumn keeps teasing us!!! I feel like we are headed straight for winter! This sounds DEEEEE-licious!

And I love that you say shvitzing!
xoxoxo Sylvia, Samantha Jones, Blanche, Jessica ;-)

MikeVFMK October 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

Ken, I’m always looking for cookie combinations that I haven’t tried before. Toffee and apple?! Love the use of dried apples and the taste it must have with that sweet toffee. Perfect for this time of year. So good, Ken!

Baker Street October 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love the pairing of toffee and apples! Its just perfect! Hope you’ll come and share it on our apple blog hop! http://bakerstreet.tv/2011/10/01/apple-blog-hop-cream-cheese-apple-tart/

Barbara | Creative Culinary October 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Great minds? I just made a toffee apple bar yesterday. So though I might normally say, ‘I can just taste it’ it would typically be in my imagination. Today…it’s for reals and I know exactly how good this combo is!

mania October 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm

wow looks so good Ken, you got me at toffee…I will make these soon ( & by soon I mean as soon as I get home) thanks for the recipe & have a great weekend :)

Russell van Kraayenburg October 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

These cookies sound scrumptious! And why isn’t fall here yet?? It’s still kinda wicked hot in the south.

PS Where did you get those adorable crate/bin things in which you have the cookies?

Denise @ TLT October 8, 2011 at 5:44 am

Toffee and apple now that sounds like a original (and amazing) combination. Can’t wait to try them!

Brian @ A Thought For Food October 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

My oh my do these look like the most delicious, chewiest cookies I’ve ever seen! Love these Ken!

SweetSugarBelle October 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Good thinking Ken! They look WONDERFUL!

Avril October 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

These were SO delicious!

Donna @ NothingChocolate October 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

I’m making these!!! As usual, I am envious of your blog, photos, baking, creativity, … and on…

Margaret October 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

Wow these cookies look amazing! I love the flavor combination and the styling of these pictures. The crates are so cute!

Yuri - Chef Pandita October 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Yum! These look delicious, Ken! Love your photos :)

Rosie @ Sweetapolita October 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Really love these flavours, Ken. The cookies look really delicious, and your photos are so clean and gorgeous too!

foodwanderings October 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm

OMG Wabbit ‘schvitzing’ lol. Double OMG cause’ I am also same way thinking is this from last year’s crop?! I can usually tell from pressing on the skin with my thumb if they got crunch to them or a bit tired from being refrigerated. Love dried apples I wish I could say I make them myself but WF had a wonderful version that just flies off the shelves. How dare they, don’t they know to restock cause’ I am coming?! :) Cookies look mighty good!

nbm October 15, 2011 at 9:56 am

I made these, using chopped-up chocolate-toffee bars, and they seemed underflavored; when I added bigger chunks of apple to the second batch, they were better. So my advice is: don’t chop the apple or the toffee too fine, keep them chewy and tasteable, and you’ll have an unusual and pleasing cookie.

nbm October 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh, I meant to ask: is there a missing stage in the directions where you form the dough into logs and put them in the fridge? I just dropped mine.

hungryrabbit October 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Oh yes I made a boo-boo. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve revised the recipe.

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