apple pie cookies | Popcorn & Chocolate

Apple Pie Cookies

 

IMG_9303Just over a week ago I was on vacation… sitting by a warm fire, relaxing in front of the tv with a warm cup of tea. And now is the first week back at work and it’s just as rough as I thought it would be. I did have one thing to look forward to: the new season of The Bachelor. With my friends at work, we pick Bachelor fantasy teams and earn points for different things that the contestants do each episode. It makes it that much more fun to watch, so I was pretty excited to see the premier last Monday with my, as it turned out, less than rock-star team. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t watched yet, but am I the only one who is surprised by some of the girls Ben sent home?? Anyways, that really got me through Monday.

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And now I’m sitting in my apartment on the coldest day of the winter so far (windchill put us at -2 this morning) dreaming of these deliciously warm apple pie cookies. For Christmas, I made these eggnog snickerdoodles, these healthy thin mints, and these chocolate chunk gingerbread cookies. But that wasn’t enough, so I came up with these apple pie cookies as a lighter sweet treat.

apple pie cookies | Popcorn & ChocolateThey are cinnamony and appley and soft. I made them at home and my mom was dipping them in toffee sauce, which was delicious! So feel free to add toffee to these if you want. Also, I rolled these cookies in cinnamon and white sugar before baking since I didn’t have raw sugar on hand, but if you want to make them refined sugar free, use raw turbinado sugar instead. These cookies are perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth but still keep you on track with your healthy new years goals.

apple cookies | Popcorn & ChocolateYield: 10-12 cookies; Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup chopped apples (about half inch cubes)

Cinnamon Sugar Dip:

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (or turbinado sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined (flour through coconut sugar). Stir in the vanilla extract, applesauce, coconut oil, and honey until combined. Finally, fold in the chopped apples. The dough will be sticky. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon to dip the cookies into. Use a spoon to gather tablespoon sized balls, flatten, and carefully roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, then place on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Salted Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

Oh popcorn how I love thee. I love it when you are buttery. I love it when you are kettle-y. I love it when you are cheesy. I love it when you are spicy. I love it when you are sweet. Oh but I especially love it when you are sweet. I will just eat you up I love you so.

Caramel Popcorn

Do you like my ballad to popcorn? I figured it was about time I let them know how much I do truly love them. I mean I did name part of our blog because of them…

Salted Caramel Popcorn

Recently Rose and I have been popping all sorts of delicious popcorn creations in the kitchen. We thought in case there was anyone else out there who possibly loves popcorn as much as us two that we would share one of said recipes for you.

Caramel Popcorn

We created a caramel-melt-in-your-mouth-sweet-and-delicious popcorn. It only seemed right what with all the salted caramel drinks popping up everywhere. Plus, caramel is pumpkin pie spice’s lesser known cousin that sometimes get a bit neglected. (Don’t worry pps lovers we have some recipes for you soon too!) But right now it’s time for the caramel corn.

Caramel Popcorn

Bring on the crunchy sweet deliciousness!

Salted Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon butter (I’m sure you could use coconut oil too, but we used butter here)
  • salt

Steps:

  1. Pop the kernels. We used an air popper but you could also do them on the stove. This will make about 5 cups of popcorn so if you have an air popper, be prepared with a big bowl!
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and the butter on low heat, stirring frequently so the butter melts into all the sugar and doesn’t burn. Stir frequently but not constantly until all the sugar is melted into the butter – about 5 minutes. You want the mixture to stay runny and not start to clump because once this cools, it will start to harden together quickly.
  3. While the mixture is hot, drizzle over your popcorn. I used a spatula to help drizzle.
  4. Salt the popcorn to your liking. We used pink himalayan sea salt and used less than a teaspoon since we wanted a sweeter treat.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

Salted Caramel popcorn

Salted Caramel Popcorn | Popcorn & Chocolate