Thursday, September 18, 2014

apple & cranberry brown sugar cookies

These cookies are amazing!

I introduced you to this brown butter brown sugar cookie recipe a few weeks ago, here.

Well, I had an idea . . . why not add apples and cranberries  . . . making the perfect Fall cookie!?!

Oh. My. Goodness. They were even better than I dreamed that they could be.

Imagine a CHEWY, moist, toffee-flavored cookie studded with small pieces of apples and cranberries. It tastes like a buttery apple & cranberry pie in the form of a cookie.

 Because adding fresh apple pieces and cranberries would add too much moisture to the batter, I chopped dried apples and cranberries into small pieces (about the size of raisins) and then added them for the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

The brown butter brown sugar cookie base warms up the whole cookie.

I added 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the brown sugar for rolling, just to add that extra hint of Fall.

We love them . . . and they're extra special warm with Vanilla Ice Cream. Ahhhhhh . . . .

apple & cranberry brown sugar cookies
24 cookies
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14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
1 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried apples, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped 
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1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
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In 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat 10 tablespoons butter until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and transfer browned butter to the heat-proof bowl of a stand mixer. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter to melt; set aside to cool for 15 minutes.

While butter is cooling, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In shallow baking dish or pie plate, mix granulated sugar and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, rubbing between fingers, until WELL combined; set aside.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.

Add remaining 1 3/4 cups brown sugar and salt to bowl with cooled butter; attach paddle and mix on medium-low speed until no sugar lumps remain, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula; add egg, yolk, and vanilla and mix on medium-low speed until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.

Stir in the dried apples and cranberries, just until combined.

Roll two heaping tablespoons of dough into ball between your palms, roll the ball in the sugar & cinnamon mixture, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet spacing the balls about 2 inches apart (you should be able to fit 12 cookies on each sheet).

Bake one sheet at a time until cookies are browned and still puffy and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone); 12 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.

Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then using a wide metal spatula, transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

Recipe Note: Use fresh brown sugar, as older (harder and drier) brown sugar will make the cookies too dry.

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  1. Those look really good, and perfect for this time of year. Thanks for, let me go to the pantry and see if I can find the ingredients...

  2. Oh man, you're killin' me! They sound amazing. Adding to my list of fall foods to make.

  3. Your cookies so look delicious and with all that dried fruit they're practically health food. ;-)))

  4. I have been on the search for a signature cookie for Fall 2014 - this one looks amazing! Thank you! (Visiting from Foodie Fridays!)

  5. Anonymous9:03 AM

    They look really good. Sounds a great flavour combination as well

  6. Pinning this. I love apples and cranberries--but I've never had them together in a cookie! Thanks!

  7. These sound amazing! My daughter makes a wonderful brown sugar cookie but these take it to another level ! Stopping by from What'd You Do This Weekend. Pinning :-)

  8. Oh, my goodness! Your cookies sound amazing. The way you describe them has me drooling! Your pictures are amazing, too. I'm pinning!
    Happy Fall!
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  9. Yum! I drooling listening to you describe the cookies and of course, your photography and styling, Suzanne! Pinning to make SOON!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!!

  10. OMGosh I love love this recipe! They are so yummy :)

  11. Wow, these look so tasty! I would love for you to share this post at my Create & Share Link Party tonight (7:00 PM MST)! Hope to see you there :)

  12. Wow this is an impressive cookie and so festive! I will have to try this soon!

    -Pam @ Pam's Life

  13. I can almost taste these! They look super tasty. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Please come again soon. Pinning!

  14. It would be a good idea for me to put on a bib when I visit over here to contain the drool! This is a great flavor combination.

  15. I love cooking with brown sugar, it makes everything seem so much I also love the 'crunch"! Yum...cookies with cranberries in...that is such a great idea. They would be so melt in the mouth.

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning. They were one of our readers favourites and will be featured next week :-)

  16. These look scrumptious! I love the combo of cranberries and apples. Not common. DELISH!

  17. Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop my friend. I featured your cookies on Facebook and google xo

  18. I just pinned this. I love this idea in a cookie and think the dried apples are a great idea.
    I really love dried apples and hopefully some of them would get into the cookies, instead of just directly into my belly :)

  19. WOW! I don't even know what to say about this except...amazing. These look delicious! Thanks for linking up to Motivation Monday!

  20. Anonymous5:04 AM

    What a great combination. These sound amazing!

  21. These look and sound amazing! Thanks for sharing! Stopping in from the link up! Have a great weekend!

    J @ A Hot Southern Mess

  22. love the flavor combo! these look amazing! ;-)

  23. Anonymous11:28 AM

    Oh Suzanne, these are so my kind of cookie. I adore these flavours and putting them into a cookie is brilliant idea. These have been the most viewed recipe on Sweet and Savoury Sundays. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great weekend! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  24. You have the most amazing photographs! I could linger here all day!

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!

  25. These cookies sound amazing! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  26. These sound delicious! Cranberry is so wonderful to add to many things, why not these cookies? :) Thanks for linking up at Fridays Unfolded! Pinning this now!

  27. Your cookies look really delicious. Thanks so much for linking them up a couple of weeks ago to Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. I am adding them to my Cookie Roundup on Sunday, 10/05/14.

    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread com

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