So it’s Fall. One of my favorite times of year and that usually means two things to me… apples, and pumpkin. I absolutely love both in just about any form. That’s probably why it was a little hard for me to decide which recipes I wanted to post this time around. The cookies are just a recipe I got from someone a while back. They are moist and cake like and I love that in a cookie. They are very similar to the same cookie my school cafeteria used to make us this time of year. I also like them because my husband loves chocolate chip cookies but is not so much a fan of pumpkin and without fail, every time I make these he winds up eating one and realizes to late they aren’t what he thought they were! Then comes ‘what did you do to my cookies!’ I just simply smile and reply if they were YOUR cookies they probably would have been made the way YOU’D prefer! I would be lying if i told you I didn’t look forward to that moment every time. Sometimes, I like to mix the chocolate chips half semi sweet half milk chocolate. Just an FYI. It changes the taste just a bit.
Now for the red hot applesauce. Lets just say this one was a bit of a challenge. I have my grandma’s notepad with all her recipes written in it in a box and rather than dig it out I thought I would just call her and get it. So I called Grandma and this is what I got…’
oh it’s just apples, red hots, sugar and water’. That’s it. Not what to do with the ingredients or how much of each I would need just that. So I said ‘well, how much of each?’ and she says… ‘oh, you know… a few apples and just enough red hots so it’s not too hot, and enough water to melt them, and enough sugar so that it’s sweet… but not too sweet. Well that cleared it up so much that I said ‘thanks Grandma’ and had a little chat with her and hung up the phone. Well, I decided I should go ahead and dig out her notebook because her info wasn’t quite what i was looking for and wouldn’t you know it her notebook said pretty much that same thing! I should have known! So the red hot applesauce recipe took a little more work than I had expected. These were the measurements that I used. Mind you, I like mine very sweet so cutting it back to 1 cup sugar if your not for super sweet stuff would be wise. And with the red hots… well, that depends on your tastes as well so if at first taste you don’t like it, I recommend you play with it a little as well. It’s always fun to try and figure out grandma’s recipes isn’t it! Ha Hope you guys enjoy!
Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and stir in. Add the mixture to pumpkin mixture and combine well. Add vanilla, chocolate chips, and nuts. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.
Combine red hots, sugar and water in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until melted. Add apples and cook until tender.by