Another double post! I actually started writing this post last night, but fell asleep in the process with my computer on my chest. I always get nervous when that happens since there is about a 3-foot drop from my bed to the floor. The two recipes I’m sharing tonight are not necessarily your traditional, festive Christmas cookies.

Apple Cake & Honey Walnut Cookies

Apple Cake & Honey Walnut Cookies

Apple Cake & Honey Walnut Cookies

If you’ve ever had apple cake before, you know it’s more like bread than cake. Either way, it’s delicious. The woman I babysit for gave me her recipe which is called “light apple cake.” We can pretend that makes it healthy. Whatever makes you feel better, right?

Apple Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbls orange juice
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, cored, unpeeled, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:

  • Butter and flour 10-inch tube pan, bundt pan, or any similar sized pan (I experimented with mine)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • With an electric mixer, beat vegetable oil and sugar until combined. Add eggs, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla, and orange juice. Mix well.
  • Stir in apples and raisins, gently. Be careful not to break up the apple slices.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 30 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.

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I love apple cake! It’s so warm and festive. This recipe is spot on.

Honey Walnut Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • In a small bowl, combine oil, honey and vanilla. Add oil mixture to flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Fold in chopped walnuts. Since the dough is eggless, it will have a slightly different texture than most cookie dough.
  • Roll into 12, 1-inch balls, place onto prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and pat down slightly with hand while cookies are hot. Let cool for 2-3 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Yield: 1 dozen

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Enjoy!

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