Our Top 5 Recipes for Cookie Exchange Season!

Our Top 5 Recipes for Cookie Exchange Season!

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Tis the season of holiday cookie exchanges. A wonderful time of year! If you are still on the lookout for cookies to bake, checkout some of our favorite cookie recipes.


Peanut Butter Cookies
This recipe is from one of our grandma’s cookbooks and the cookies are soft and chewy! Perfect to satisfy those sweet and salty cravings.

All Time Favorite Mini M&M Cookies
Whenever we crave chocolate chip cookies, this is the recipe we turn to. We have been making them for years and they are delicious.

Oatmeal Apple Cookies
If you love oatmeal cookies but not the traditional raisin variety, give these cookies a try. The apples in these cookies keep them moist, while the oatmeal plumps up to give them a chewy texture.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin spice has overtaken the food market, and we’re joining the trend. The spice mix in this recipe is perfection. The addition of mini chocolate chips make these cookies extra sweet and warming.

Date Pecan Cookies
Pecans add a delightful crunch to these cookies. The chopped dates are marvelous morsels that add moisture and soak up the warm spice flavors.

We hope you give these cookie recipes a try! Let us know how they turn out!

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Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Oatmeal Apple Cookies

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As you guys know, we LOVE cookies and we also LOVE warm spices. We had some leftover apples after we made Our Favorite Cinnamon Apple Cake so we decided to make these cookies. While Mac enjoys a good oatmeal raisin cookie, Al finds raisins to be most unpalatable. Consequently, we replaced the raisins with apples. They turned out to be a perfect substitution.

The moisture from the apples permeates the oatmeal which keeps the cookies soft for a couple of days. The cinnamon and nutmeg are perfect to warm you from the inside out in the cold winter weather. These cookies are delicious for any occasion.


In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
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Peel, core and finely dice the apple. Place in a separate bowl.
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Cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
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Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix well until combined.
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Add the dry mix until combined, then mix in oats.
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Finally add the diced apple.
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Cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes at 350°F.
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They taste great warm, but if you can resist eating them for a couple of hours or even overnight, they taste even better. Store in refrigerator.
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Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Oatmeal Apple Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 c quick oats

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.
  2. Peel, core and finely dice the apple and place a separate bowl.
  3. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix well until combined.
  5. Add the dry mix until combined, then mix in oats and finally the diced apple.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes.
  10. Store in refrigerator.
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Best After-School Snack: PB and A

Best After-School Snack: PB and A

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In this morning’s post, we harvested some apples at Apple Annie’s in Willcox, now we can put them to good use! Move over PB and J, get ready for PB and A. Peanut butter and apples are a wonderful combination, perfect for an after school snack. Or in our case, a mid-afternoon snack that has nothing to do with school.

To cut up the apples, we use this style of apple slicer.

Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Slicer

The main advantage to a slicer like this is speed. You can get eight slices in one fell swoop. But watch your fingers! The slicer can be hard to get started, but once you have momentum, it will cut everything in its path.

The main disadvantage to the slicer is its style of cutting. If you want your apple slices more dainty, you need a knife. You can only get 8 rather chunky slices out of it. You’re also stuck with that bit of core at the center of the slice. You can these features in the apple slices below. Most days it is a non-issue since we are so HANGRY by that time of the day.

Start by cutting your apples and getting out your peanut butter tub.

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Dole out about 2 tablespoons of PB into a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 15 seconds on high.


Now it’s time for the secret ingredient: Cinnamon Sugar. It was a staple during our childhood, a simple mix of warmth and sweetness that pairs ridiculously well with the salty fatty peanut butter. Eat this mix of PB and Cinnamon Sugar on toast, waffles, tortillas – all the carbs really – for a delicious snack.

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Stir to mix then devour your snack!

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The type of apple we used for this recipe was Gala, but we also enjoy McIntosh, Braeburn, and when we’re feeling sassy, Granny Smith. The Kitchn.com has compiled lists of the best apples for eating, cooking, and baking that are definitely worth checking out.

Peanut Butter and Apples

Peanut Butter and Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Carefully slice apple with knife or apple slicer.
  2. Heat the peanut butter in small microwave safe bowl in microwave for about 15 seconds on high.
  3. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on the peanut butter.
  4. Devour this yummy snack.
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Woof Trekking in Willcox: Apple Picking and Cowboy Crooning

Woof Trekking in Willcox: Apple Picking and Cowboy Crooning

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The official start to fall isn’t until next month, but with local schools back in session, it’s easy to get lost in a bit of autumnal enthusiasm. In this spirit, we share today’s post.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

Apple Annie’s is our favorite Pick-Your-Own Produce spot in Southern Arizona. It is located near Willcox, a small city with three main attractions. The first is Wings Over Willcox, a birding/nature festival in January focused primarily on the annual Sandhill Cranes migration stop in Willcox. The second is Rex Allen, who we’ll discuss more in a minute. The third is Apple Annie’s.

 
We have visited Apple Annie’s twice, once in 2010 without the dogs and again in 2012 with the dogs, once we discovered pets are allowed in the orchards.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

Their orchards feature many varieties of apples, pears, and peaches, all available for purchase by the pound.

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Izzy and Nana quite enjoyed roaming through the rows of fruit trees, sniffing everything they could. They didn’t attempt to eat anything, although they do enjoy a bit of sliced apple as a snack at home. Apple seeds contain cyanide and consumed in large quantities can be dangerous for dogs.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona


Pets are not allowed in the produce and pumpkin section of Apple Annie’s. Luckily, we had already visited that area in 2010.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

They had a huge field of sunflowers, pumpkins and squash galore, as well as plenty of row crops like green beans, tomatoes, and chili peppers.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

With our bags full of produce, we headed back toward Willcox. Our next stop was a visit with the city’s favorite son: Rex Allen. The actor, singer, songwriter and narrator was a contemporary of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

Rex Allen is celebrated in Willcox every fall during Rex Allen Days. This year is 65th Annual Event and will be held September 29th – October 2nd.

Apple Annies in Willcox Arizona

Across the street is the Rex Allen Museum. Our grandparents were huge fans of the old westerns and would have loved to have visited. If you love cowboy movies, then you will probably enjoy it. See Trip Advisor for tips before you go.

Rex Allen Museum

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Woof Trekking in Willcox Arizona

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Woof Trekking Dispatch #3: Apple, Duke of Edinburgh, and Oyster Point, July 2012

Woof Trekking Dispatch #3: Apple, Duke of Edinburgh, and Oyster Point, July 2012

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It’s #TravelThursday! Today we present Woof Trekking Dispatch #3! In our last dispatch, we travelled on the PCH and through Carmel-by-the-Sea.

We left our hotel in San Jose and started the leisurely journey toward San Francisco. Our first stop was the Apple Campus in Cupertino. We were pretty excited, since we are Apple fans, but to be honest, there wasn’t much to see. The store on site (The Company Store), looked just like the one in our local mall so we didn’t spend much time there. Maybe when they open their new Campus 2, there will be something more exciting to see.

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We stopped to grab lunch at the Duke of Edinburgh Pub and Restaurant. We got our order of Shepherd’s Pie to go and went on a hunt for a park to enjoy our meal with Izzy and Nana.

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We ended up finding a park nearby called Ortega Park. There was a shady picnic table and then took a lovely stroll with the pups.
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After lunch we drove around the Stanford campus and spotted the famous Hoover Tower. It is named after Herbert Hoover, our 31st President, prior to him becoming president. It contains materials relating to 20th century history that Hoover had collected and then donated to the university to found a “library of war, revolution and peace.”

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Our final stop of the day was Oyster Point, a local marina. By this time of day, the wind had picked up and the temperature had dropped. We were freezing and Izzy looked hilarious with her fur plastered to her face.

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Here is a map of all the locations featured in this dispatch.

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