Rane Aria

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The Smells of Autumn - Fresh Apple Cookies


  It's a beautiful cool sunny fall day and with a new recipe in hand- it's the perfect time to bake.

   While I do alot of baking/cooking throughout the year, it's autumn and winter that are not only my favorite seasons but where I get more enjoyment outta creating something.   There's certain smells that trigger the memory. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon the swirl of fresh apples in the air are what autumn smells like to me. These fresh apple cookies were easy to bake and so pretty. The lighting was just right that I had to share and take a picture as the cookies settled on the cooling rack, I don't have to mention how tasty these cookies turned out



1 cup sugar 
1/2 cup shortening 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
1 large Red Delicious apple, peeled & grated 
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon baking soda 


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Cream together sugar, shortening & vanilla.
3 Add in grated apple.
4 Sift together dry ingredients.
5 Add gradually to creamed mixture, combining thoroughly.
6 *If dough appears slightly dry and doesn't come together, let it sit for a few minutes to allow the sugar to pull the juice from the apples.
7 Roll in walnut-sized balls and roll in mixture of 2 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
8 Bake 8-10 minutes on aluminum foil or parchment, until cookies are golden brown and appear crackled.
9 Let cool on cookie sheet 4-5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.