Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I've got a thing for this summer weather we have been having as of recent. The bright, hot sun with a gentle breeze that keeps it cool enough to wear our favorite cut-off shorts and blouses.



This weather also sparks my fruity taste buds. From berries to bananas, watermelon and apples, nothing is more refreshing then some nice, juicy fruit on a warm day. And, there is more than one way to eat those fruits, my favorite being in a dessert.


Keeping it simple, but fancy (tasting), this cookie is really a perfect addition to an outdoor summer BBQ with friends. It's quick. It's easy. And, the end result will have people thinking you slaved away in the kitchen for hours on these things. ;)



2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chopped granny apples
1 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg



Preheat oven to 350F.


1. In a bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Chop up your Granny Apple's into small chunk, as well as your cashews.


2. In a small bowl, add apple chunks, then sprinkle with teaspoon cinnamon and tablespoon sugar, and toss. In that same bowl, mix in cashews and white chocolate bits; Set aside.


3. In a large bowl, whip butter and sugars (brown and white) until light and fluffy. Add your egg and vanilla, then mix until combined. Gradually add in your flour mixture. Then fold in your apple/cashew/chocolate mixture.


4. On a Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet, place about 1 tablespoon size balls of dough about an inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


5. Enjoy with a nice cold beverage, or even a slab of cold vanilla ice cream. mm!


-- Rachel, from With Love Rachel



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