About a month back, I was searching for a caramel apple recipe. I never did make them, but I did find this recipe for caramel apple bites. Click that link and tell me those aren’t the most adorable little treats you ever saw.
I had my usual decision paralysis over sweets, and decided to go in two directions. For both, I started with a basic cookie:
- 1/2 C butter
- 12 T granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1 1/8 C cake flour
- 1/2 t salt
Cream butter and sugar, add egg. Mix dry ingredients, then blend with wet. Drop by teaspoonful onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 – 20 minutes.
The bottom cookie in the picture below was baked for 15 to get something nice and chewy, the top cookie I baked for 20 minutes to get something more dry.
While those were cooling off, I made a quick cranberry jam:
- 1 C cranberries
- 1 T orange juice
- 1/4 C sugar
Combine all and bring to a boil over medium high heat until cranberries start to pop. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. It should get pretty thick.
I combined my chewy cookies with the cranberry jam for these rich cranberry sammies.
I used the crispy cookies instead of the traditional vanilla wafers to make bourbon balls.
- 2 C cookie crumbs (I ground them in a food processor)
- 2 C almond flour
- 1 C powdered sugar
- 1/2 C bourbon
- 1.5 T corn syrup
- 2 T cocoa powder
Combine all. Roll into balls, then into cocoa powder or powdered sugar. Refrigerate.
These are delicious, but pretty strong. Make sure you don’t give them to kids!