Thursday, October 28, 2010

12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies - Apple Jacks Cookies


I can't believe we're almost halfway through our 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. It's gone by so fast and Christmas will be here in no time at all. But, at least I've got lots of new recipes to use for my Christmas goodie bags.

The cookie I picked for this week, however, would probably be more suited to this upcoming Halloween, especially since it has that orange and green color scheme down. I present to you, Apple Jacks Cookies.


I've always loved eating Apple Jacks cereal even though, as its commercial once stated, they don't really taste like apples. There's just something about that sweet flavor that I can't resist. So, when I came across this cookie that has Apple Jacks cereal mixed in it, I knew I had to make these.


The flavor of the Apple Jacks in these cookies is on the subtle side. The recipe says to crush the cereal coarsely, but if I make these again, I'll probably crush half of it and turn the other half into a powder, just to disperse more of that flavor throughout the entire cookie.

I did find, though, that you'll taste the Apple Jacks flavor more if you freeze these cookies or let them sit for several days. Seriously, what is it about freezing that is bringing out the flavor in some cookie recipes? I'm sure there's some sort of scientific reaction going on. Either that or the colder temperature makes your tastebuds more sensitive somehow. I may not understand it, but if it results in a yummier cookie, that's all I need to know.



I also recommend rolling these in cinnamon-sugar instead of plain sugar. I tried three ways - plain sugar, turbinado sugar, and cinnamon-sugar, and the cinnamon-sugar ones were the clear winners. What can I say? Cinnamon-sugar makes everything better. So, if you just happen to have some extra Apple Jacks cereal lying around the house, you know what you can do with them. No, no, no, not eat them. Make these cookies.

Oh, and heads up. Next week Monday, I will be hosting my very first giveaway. It will be for a $45 CSN gift certificate. CSN has a lot of great stuff, so make sure you check back here so you can enter for a chance to win.


Apple Jacks Cereal Cookies
(adapted from Cooking During Stolen Moments)

1 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (I used margarine and omitted the salt)
3 c. Apple Jacks cereal, coarsely crushed
cinnamon-sugar for rolling

Cream butter or margarine with sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs. Add flour, baking powder, and salt (if using). Beat just until combined. Stir in coarsely crushed cereal. Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 min. at 400F. (I baked mine at 350F for about 10-15 min.).

Pic of Apple Jacks cereal (taken from Wikimedia Commons)

This recipe is linked to:
Prairie Story's "Recipe Swap Thursdays"

Week 5 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

42 comments:

  1. I love your presentation in the glass. But what are Apple Jacks?

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  2. What a great idea!! My five year old loves Apple Jacks. Hmmmmm, I see another recipe for my "to do" list. YUM!!

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  3. I've never heard of Apple Jacks either, but the cookies look so cute.

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  4. I've never seen Apple Jacks used in a cookie like that - too neat!

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  5. I love this... what a great idea for kids! If I had time to run to the store I'd make them for our Costume party tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe! PS Cinnamon and sugar does make everything better! :-)

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  6. I so love the presentation!! Great photos! I've used cereal in cookies but never apple jacks! Nice!

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  7. Brilliant! My kids would love these.

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  8. I'm doing a similar link up starting Nov. 1st! I bookmarked your site so I can include this link up! Stop over and feel free to link up any of your recipes in my Recipe 2 tab! delish

    susie

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  9. My hubby loves Apple Jacks! I may have to try these over the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

    I'll be back to enter your giveaway! I love CSN Stores!

    Check out my giveaway for VitaTops from Vitalicious! http://www.underthebigoaktree.com/2010/10/vitalicious-vitatops-giveaway-alisons.html

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  10. These are so fun! I love me some Apple Jacks - definitely going to try these!!

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  11. I don't think I have tried Apple Jack cereal before.

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  12. I loved apple jacks as a kid but I haven't had any for years. This sounds like a wonderful cookie and a great way to use up a half eaten box of cereal. Why is it that kids gobble up the first half of a box of cereal and then leave the rest to get stale??? Have you ever noticed that?

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  13. I love Apple Jacks! What a creative idea for a cookie! :)

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  14. Very new..my kiddo will love this one..Beautifully presented Lisa!

    US Masala

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  15. what a unique cookie! I never thought to eat cereal in cookie form :)

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  16. Love it! What a great idea and I love your pics :)
    mickey

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  17. Great photo presentations, Lisa. I love using cereal in cookies. Those are probably a great flavored cookie.

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  18. I bookmarked the post for when I start my holiday cookie baking. Lots of great ideas.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, it is nice to meet other bloggers.

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  19. Man I haven't had apple jacks in FOREVER but they are seriously good stuff. These cookies sound awesome!

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  20. Apple Jacks are one of my favorite cereals - so I'm sure I'd love these!!

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  21. I haven't eaten Apple Jacks since Andrew was a baby and I'd keep a little bag of them for a snack. I love this idea, Lisa!

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  22. So much fun to bake with cereal!

    Happy Halloween Lisa!
    ~avril :-)

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  23. I haven't had Apple Jacks in YEARS!! Wow, thanks for the yummy memories, lol. I used to eat them all the time growing up. How awesome to have a cookie that tastes like apple jacks. I bet they're great paired with a glass of milk. And I'll be back for the CSN giveaway! :o) Have a great weekend Lisa!

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  24. When I was a kid, I LOVED Apple Jacks cereal. My kids, of course, won't touch it. But that's ok, more for me!

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  25. Geez, i havent thought and bought apple jacks in years! Thanks for reminding me of the wonders of Apple jacks! THese cookies sound delightful!

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  26. Apple jacks cereal in cookies...that's very creative, Lisa.

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  27. I always loved Apple Jacks as a kid, but never thought to even add them to cookies! What a great idea!

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  28. delicious sounding cookies Lisa !

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  29. Hi Lisa!
    Thanks for hopping over and leaving your comment on my choc chip butter cookies post. I've never heard of Apple Jacks but they sure looks yummy! Love the shot of them in the glass!

    Have a nice weekend!

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  30. love the cookies in the glass, they look darn cute Lisa!

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  31. Oooh what a great idea! I never buy Apple Jacks, but now I totally want to make these :)

    Sues

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  32. What a great use for one of my kids' favorite cereals! Of course, a box doesn't last long here. I'd have so sneak it into the house and secretly make these cookies :-)

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  33. I so love your cereal themed cookies Lisa. I had no idea that freezing cookie recipes can bring out more flavor. Nice to know!

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  34. My boys love Apple Jacks. What a fun cookie idea!

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  35. Wow! I loved apple jacks as a kid - never thought of them in a cookie. Yum!

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  36. Apple and cinnamon are always a perfect combination!

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  37. 'course I had to come check out your cookies for this week too - delicious and unique! What a great idea to use Apple Jacks in a cookie!

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  38. Thank you for participating the Smackdown Battle. Best of luck to you. These apple jacks cookies are so unique! What a good way to use the cereal and add more flavors! :)

    Amy
    http://utry.it

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