The other day I almost had a bowl of cereal with a side of white wine.
Ok, I realize you're looking at me like I'm nuts and the opening statement needs an explanation.First off, I don't drink in the mornings. I don't really drink much at all, to be honest, just a very occasional glass of wine. A few days ago my shift at the hospital was absolutely craaaazzyyyy! It was fun in the sense that I had some pretty awesome and funny patients along with some rockstar coworkers, but crummy in the sense that I had 6 of them and was running around like an insane woman being chased by a zombie.... the stereotypical nurse's shift of no eating, drinking or bathroom breaks for 12+ hours was very much true yesterday. My husband Travis had to go fight a fire (he's a helicopter pilot, it's part of their job on occasion) and his day was so busy before that he finally ate his lunch around 5 pm before the fire started. Needless to say when we both got home after being gone from the house for 14 hours each we were too tired to eat a proper dinner.
So, I poured a bowl of Cheerios for myself and seriously contemplated having a glass of white wine on the side. Please, please- no judgment- it was just one of those days, ya know?. I think we should just be grateful I didn't accidentally pour the wine over the cereal instead of milk, mmmmmkkk?delicious foods that infer to the ghoulishness of the holiday. It's FINALLY starting to cool off a little bit here in Okinawa- mind you it's still 70 degrees out, but it's not a blazing 90, so I'll consider that a win.
The only thing I did differently was to use a disher to measure our evenly sized cookies, so I did not include how many this recipe makes. In my opinion, this made things a little less messy!
Caramel Apple Cookies
Recipe from Parents Magazine
2 stick of salted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 small apple, peeled, cored & finely chopped (3/4 cup)
1 cup vanilla caramels
3 tablespoons whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in sugars until fluffy. Then, add eggs & vanilla.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, crumbs, baking powder, salt & cinnamon. Add to butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in apple.
Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Arrange balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove and let cool on wire racks.
In a bowl, mix caramels and cream. Microwave on high for 30 to 60 seconds or until nearly melted, stirring once. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies; serve when hardened.