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 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.).
This recipe is linked to:
Prairie Story's "Recipe Swap Thursdays"
Week 5 Twelve Weeks of Christmas: