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Apple Walnut Cookies

by Sandy

Apple Walnut Cookies

This is one of those desperate attempts of sunday improvisation. The stores are closed and I am craving something sweet. So I start to raid my pantry and see what I can come up with. In this case: Walnuts and Apples… all wrapped up in a cookie.

Those experiments sometimes end bad, but this time I’m quite pleased with the result. The cookies are crumbly and soft and taste amazing. I even went the extramile and caramelized the walnuts. That was a first for me. I never caramelized anything before… well not intentionally. I caramelized my hot plate before but that doesn’t really count, does it? Caramelizing stuff falls under the big scary field of “candy making” for me and so I always avoided it. Not sure why though. The walnuts turned out amazing and I had to refrain myself from eating them all before I even started making the cookies. 

Apple Walnut Cookies

 

Apple Walnut Cookies

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr

Ingredients

For the caramelized walnuts

  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/8 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp butter

For the dough

  • 120 g butter
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 30 g white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 150 g flour
  • 1/2 cup of caramelized walnuts chopped
  • 1 small apple diced

Optional

  • Some melted chocolate for decoration

Instructions

Walnuts

  • Heat a shallow non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts, sugar and butter and start stirring. When the sugar starts to get to a light brown and every walnut is coated, pour everything onto a sheet of baking paper and seperate the nuts quickly before they all stick together.

Cookie Dough

  • In a bowl cream together the butter and the sugar.
  • Add the egg, salt and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the flour and baking powder.
  • Finally work the walnuts and the apples into your dough.
  • Chill for 20min in the fridge and heat your oven to 180°C / 356°F.
  • Roll the cookie dough into little balls and place on a baking sheet. Leave some room, because the dough will spread. Bake for 10-15 min or until golden brown.

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