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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

My dad and brother came to visit last weekend. I used delicious food to lure them into town to assist Brian and I with the process of installing a new dishwasher and refrigerator. The lovely people at KitchenAid offered to spruce up the MBA kitchen with a few new, shiny appliances.

Brian and I have been contemplating a kitchen remodel for months, but after countless estimates and a pile of tile samples that’s taller than I care to admit – we’ve put the project on hold. Mainly because we thought we could totally channel our inner Bob Villa and do some of the work ourselves, but after installing the appliances, we’ve realized we’re more likely to channel Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. The installation process wasn’t a disaster, but let’s just say it wasn’t awesome.

After a few hours of manual labor, we sat down to a meal of braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli and pumpkin crème brulee. And since I can’t send crème brulee home with the pops for leftovers, I made a batch of Peanut Butter Apple Cookies. After a quick clean up, we piled all of the dirty dishes into our new KitchenAid dishwasher and crossed our fingers – hoping that we attached everything correctly. The result? Perfectly washed dishes. We patted ourselves on the backs, breathed a sigh of relief and ate a few Apple Peanut Butter Cookies as a reward for a job well done!

Grated apples combine with creamy peanut butter to create a fun and unique spin on a classic combination. Serve them alongside a glass of ice cold milk and you have the perfect after school snack for a chilly Fall day.

So tell me – have you ever attempted a home improvement project on your own? If so, I’d love to know how it turned out, so please, spill the details!
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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
1/2 cup grated peeled apple

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and homemade apple pie spice. Gradually add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture, mixing until well combined. Stir in grated apple.

3. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Notes:

- Depending upon the type of apples you use, you may end up with a great deal of liquid after grating the apples. I suggest using only the grated apples, not the liquid that is produced. If necessary, lightly squeeze the apples to release any excess juice before adding them to the batter.
- If you want a little crunch, feel free to substitute crunchy peanut butter for the creamy.
- I have not tried this recipe with butter, so I cannot attest to the results of that substitution.

My Baking Addiction slightly adapted from Taste of Home

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katina

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

made these with my boyfriend this weekend! we went apple picking and wanted to make something out of our granny smiths, and we came across your recipe - it's so good! only, we doubled, or possibly even tripled the amount of apple since we wanted the apple flavor to stand out. thanks for the recipe.

katina

Jamie

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Katina- I'm so glad the recipe worked for you. Thanks for visiting.

-Jamie

Carrie

Sunday 14th of September 2014

I was looking for a quick recipe for a friend's party and came across this recipe both on the Taste of Homes website and yours... I figured I'd give it a shot, after seeing it on your blog! Overall, it's a good recipe. The apple flavor is definitely faint; peanut butter shines through most. I had some homemade caramel sauce in the fridge that I drizzled over each cookie to make them a little prettier and everyone enjoyed that addition. Everyone really liked them--they all disappeared! While I'm not sure I'll make them again (too many other fun recipes out there to try!), it was still a fun and unique cookie to make. Thanks for posting!

Jamie

Sunday 14th of September 2014

Thanks for the feed back and I appreciate you stopping by.

-Jamie

Laura

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Wow, these were so good! This will now be my new go to cookie recipe. The only thing I did different was use butter. Thanks for another awesome recipe, Jamie! :)

Jamie

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I'm so glad the cookies worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.

-Jamie

Jenn E

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Uh-May-Zing. Seriously. I needed to bring something to a pot luck BBQ tomorrow and had this sitting in my "Trying Soon" Pinterest board for forever. I'm so happy I made these (with the help of my 3-year-old). Now I need to keep my hands off of them until then. :-X

Almost forgot- I used butter. Marvelous.

Jamie

Saturday 23rd of August 2014

So glad that these cookies worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.

-Jamie

Paula B.

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Somehow, I had missed these cookies, but when they showed up at the bottom of a more recent one of your posts I knew I had to make them immediately. Only had butter, added shredded coconut for some additional texture as well as throwing in some chocolate chips. Had to coarsely chop my Mac apple as it became applesauce when I tried my hand grater on it. Batter tasted delish, almost as yummy as the very hot cookie bits I am now enjoying. What a great combination of flavors, thanks for the new cookie.

Jamie

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Paula- I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the cookies! I agree - definitely a great combo of flavors. Have a great day and thank so much for stopping by. -Jamie

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