Monday, December 5, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodles



It's holiday baking season again! Yay!
I really do love baking any time of year but most especially this time of year.
It's just a bit chilly outside here right now and heating up the oven not only warms up my house but creates the most delicious smells and fun treats. And it is a great experience to get the kids in there with you and create a memory together.
I was recently challenged by Smart Balance to switch out my usual butter sticks for Smart Balance Buttery Sticks in my holiday cookie baking. I was a bit familiar with Smart Balance already. My Momma had switched out her butter spreads for Smart Balance when she was diagnosed with diabetes and she got my Grandma started on it as well. My Mom said she knew it would be no problem for me to switch the butter out in the cookie recipe because she already does it and with great results.
The buttery sticks are a 50/50 blend of real butter and Smart Balance buttery spread.
And it's got Omega 3's in it. So not only am I gonna make and eat some yummy cookies, but I'm gonna be a little better to the hearts of the folks I love the most. What's not to love about that?
And it has all the measurements printed on it just like you are used to seeing with your usual sticks of butter.  So I picked a favorite cookie recipe and went to it. 
Ingredients:
2 medium Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
1 1/2 sticks of Smart Balance Buttery Blend
1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Sugar Blend:
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon



 Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon). Set aside.
 In a mixing bowl (or your stand mixer), cream the Smart Balance until smooth.
 Add in both sugars and mix until fully incorporated. 
Next, add eggs in one at a time, and continue stirring until batter is thoroughly mixed.
 If you are using a stand mixer, you'll probably have to take a minute to scrape 
down the sides to make sure all your batter is mixed properly.
 Now begin adding in the dry ingredients slowly. Mix well after each addition.
Now stir in (by hand) the diced apples. 
Batter will be very thick so this will take a couple of minutes. 
In a separate small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Scoop out a generous tablespoonful of cookie batter.
 Drop it into the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll it around.
 Put it on your lined cookie sheet and gently press it down to flatten it slightly.
One down, 4 more dozen to go! 
(Oooh lawdy, look at those red hands. Can y'all tell I've been washing them like crazy? I am trying to stay healthy this winter!)
 Bake each sheet for 8 minutes. Then turn the baking sheet around and bake for another 8 minutes.  Do not bake more than one sheet at a time (unless you have a convection oven) or uneven baking may occur.
Cook's Review: The Smart Balance did not disappoint. My cookies turned out soft and moist and fluffy as they should. My family could not even tell any difference between using the Smart Balance Buttery Sticks and the regular butter sticks I usually use.  And I took some into work and they got rave reviews (thank you to my co-workers for always being good guinea pigs!).

Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here








Disclosure: Smart Balance provided me with product vouchers for the purpose of testing out their products. I was compensated for my time in writing the post and was asked to give an honest and fair opinion of the product.  As always, all opinions of any product I test are mine and mine alone.


Recipe slightly modified from David Venable QVC recipe

90 comments :

Rachel said...

Ooooh, those look so delicious! I can't wait to give them a try. Can you believe I HATED snickerdoodles when I was little? I have since realized the error of my ways, and am trying to eat extra snickerdoodles to make up for my foolishness ;-) I can't wait to try these out!

Krista said...

My favorite Christmas Cookies are the ones my Grandmother makes. There are too many kinds to list! This is the lady that when I talked to her on Friday had just finished making 50 dozen for church and 55 dozen for all of us! No joke!!!! Thanks for the chance to win, Brandie. And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Colleen said...

My favorite Christmas cookies are what my family calls "Cherry Pie Filling Cookies"... not a very original name. LOL! They are a soft sugar cookie dough filled with cherry pie filling and baked. My grandmother used to make these and they were my mom's favorites. Somehow we lost the recipe and didn't have them for many years until my mom happened upon someone with the recipe again.

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Lacy said...

Your cookies look delicious! I've used SmartBalance before and it's true you'd never know the difference. My favorite holiday cookies are a tie...either peanut butter blossoms or pecan balls w powdered sugar. yum!!

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Lacy said...

Also following Smart Balance on Twitter.

Dragonlady said...

My favorite are my Mama's sugar cookies, she makes them every year and everyone loves them, they are very thin and crispy...no one can cook like Mama!..lol
hugs
Brenda

Jess Nick said...

My fav all time Christmas Cookies are the Oatmeal Cookies my friend Lisa's Dad makes. He had a stroke last year and still told us how to make them so we could fix our cravings. I am 35 and still go by there every year to pick up my cookies. He may 84 but he is still a 8year old at heart and gets a kick that we stop by randomly while Christmas Shopping to grab some cookies and head back out....LOL

Carrie said...

My absolute favorite holiday cookie is just an old fashioned sugar cookie !! Crispy on the edges.. Soft and chewy on the inside!. When I was younger me and my momma would always make these for Santa!! Along with a cold glass of milk!!. I enjoy your blog and yummy recipes ! Thank you so much!

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Nonna said...

Beautifully decorated Sugar Cookies are my favorite!

Nonna said...

Beautifully decorated Sugar Cookies are my favorite!

Nonna said...

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Anonymous said...

My favorite cookie is a ginger snap. I love the cinnamon and molasses and the crunchy with a big glass of milk or coffee.

Becca Kimbrell said...

My favorite "holiday" cookies has to be warm homemade sugar cookies fresh out the oven!
Becca Kimbrell

Daisy77 said...

Warm oatmeal raisin :)

kaylyn said...

My favorite holiday cookie is the Snickerdoodle! Super excited to try your Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Recipe you posted!

Kaylyn Baker
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MCissell said...

My grandma makes my favorite cookie, it is a no bake cookie. They are meringue cookies with chocolate chips and nuts. Yummmm, melts in your mouth.

Dolores' Cottage said...

I love sugar cookies decorated with icing the best! I do use vanilla sugar in the cookies and add almond extract to the dough and the frosting, so yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love the chocolate no bake cookies the ones the schools use to make, I make them every year people love them. I love your blog...Lisa Mcdonald ladybassfisher2@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I follow smart balance facebook page anyway, I love there products and thats what I use. Lisa Mcdonald, ladybassfisher2@yahoo.com

Tracy said...

Sugar Cookies! Liked Smart Balance on FB :)


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Jilian Cobb said...

Mmm those look yummy!!

My.favorite holiday cookie are these ones my mom always makes called snowball melt aways! They are these little cookie balls topped with powdered sugar and are just so yummy!!!

The Mommy said...

My favorite cookie to EAT are buckeyes. My favorite cookie to make are sugar cookies (we do this as a family and we always ice ours).

jlkaelin8 said...

I spend a whole weekend baking cookies to give away during the holidays and the one that everyone loves most is the oatmeal raisin with vanilla icing drizzle. The kiffles are a close second though with that apricot or pecan filling!

Jennifer Kaelin
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Anonymous said...

Hershey Cocoa Kisses....I'm so goina get sum of that butter & try it! Thanks for sharing! Wonder if it would work in my peanut butter balls? :-)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

My favorite Christmas cookies are Santa Whiskers. I used to help my mom make them when I was a little girl. Now my son and I make them.

Bridget McCain
Houston Tx
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Angela @ Mind Over Batter said...

My favorite holiday cookie is the gingersnap. I can eat 30 of those in one sitting... No, I'm serious... I've done it. I am currently obsessed with snickerdoodles - OBSESSED! Apple snickerdooles sound divine, but I've had trouble adding apples to cookie dough. They end up fall apart moist. Does the addition of cornstarch help with this at all?

Unknown said...

My favorite cookies are sugar cookies. I used to make them with my mom. But its been a while since we have.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite cookie is the macadamia nut cookie. I also love my mom's chocolate/oatmeal no-bakes. --YUMMY!!!
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Becky said...

My favorite holiday cookie to make is Peanut Blossoms. what can be better that PB and Hershey's Kisses?

Manda said...

My favorite is peanut butter cookies with a hersheys kiss in the middle!

Rachel Blom said...

My favorite holiday cookies were my husbands grandmothers shortbread. I honestly don't know if that counts as a cookie but when I think of Christmas those are what I think of :)
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Lena Aline said...

My favorite cookie would be shortbread.=)

Anonymous said...

These cookies look so good! My favorite is old fashioned sugar cookie cut outs. It brings back memories of being a child helping decorated them.
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Anonymous said...

My fave has to be sugar cookies. cant wait to try these they sound yummy too!

Lindsey Hawkins
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Anonymous said...

Liked smart balance on facebook!


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Anonymous said...

I love to make a plain spritz cookies at Christmas using a wreath die or tree shape. Then sprinkle with colored sugar. Those are the best : )

Anonymous said...

My favorite at christmas are a plain spritz using a tree or wreath die. then sprinkle with colored sugar. The best!
Pam
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Myra said...

Thanks for the heads up on Smart Balance. Christmas is the one time when I do not use any kind of margarine, etc. in my baking. I just may have to try it! Thanks so much for being my gineau pig!

Happy When Not Hungry said...

These cookies sound amazing! Love the addition of the apple cinnamon.

Punky Brewster said...

My favorite holiday cookies are Chocolate No Bakes. My Mother has always made them, and it always makes me feel like a kid when I get them. That being said, these look like they could become a definite favorite!

Sandra said...

These are going on my what's happening list. My favorite cookie id a basic sugar cookie. There will be a mutiny on the bounty if I don't bake them for the holidays.

April said...

My favorite holiday cookie is my mom's gingersnap cookies. They are so soft and chewy with the perfect amount of sugar coating!!! I also liked smart balance on facebook. Thanks!

Georgene said...

My favorite Christmas cookie is Molasses, the smell and taste remind me of my mom and Christmas time, those are some wonderful memories!

Snowmanlover said...

Thank you for the chance to enter. I was just telling my husband last night that we need new cookie sheets. I am pinning your recipe on Pinterest and will head on over to FB to like Smart Balance! Thank you!
Barb @snowmanlover.blogspot.com

Lynda said...

My favorite holiday cookie is German Lebkuchen (gingerbread). We have made them every year since I was a child and now I am a grandmother.
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M.j. said...

Favorite is Barbara Bush's oatmeal choc chip cookies....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

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Lynda said...

I’m a fan of Smart Balance on Facebook as Lynda Clark
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Lynda said...

Following @SmartBalance on Twitter @lyndacooks
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Rachel Goff said...

Carrot shaggies are a must have at our home! Thanks for the opportunity!!

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kim said...

my fav are nut crescent cookies!!

kim said...

i follow smart balance on twitter!!

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday cookies are decorated sugar cookies.

Vicki
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Barb said...

I love the frosted/decorated homemade sugar cookies! :)

Anonymous said...

I love peanut butter cup cookies. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
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Anonymous said...

I am a facebook fan of Smart Balance. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
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Julie said...

My favorite are called Church Window Cookies!
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shuntib said...

my favorite cookie is the butter/sugar cookie. so flexible.

carolinaheartstrings said...

My favorite holiday cookie is my very own sugar cookies. Delicious recipe. This snickerdoodle recipe looks terrific.

Laura said...

I like sb on fb

Laura said...

I followed sb on twitter

Laura said...

My favorite cookies are peanut butter blossoms or ginger snaps. Hmmmm

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I love simple oatmeal cookies!

Heather said...

My favorite Christmas cookies are the Snickerdoodles I make for my family every time I'm home. They're a must for the holidays!

Heather said...

I just liked Smart Balance on Facebook!

Heather said...

I also just started following Smart Balance on Twitter!

Anonymous said...

I liked Smart Balance on Facebook and I really do like Smart balance.

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The Better Baker said...

Brandie - I've never heard of an apple snickerdoodle. They look marvelous! Your photos are always so gorgeous. I have used Smart Balance in the tub, but never in the sticks. It'll be on my next shopping list.

The Better Baker said...

I liked Smart Balance at FB....thankyouverymuch.

The Better Baker said...

Heavens to Betsy! I forgot the original question....I think my favorite cookie is a peanut butter brownie cookie. OH MY!

Deea said...

Love your blog! My favorite is mexican wedding cakes! YUM!

Lady Dy said...

Wow I would LOVE this!!! My favorite Christmas cookie to make is plain ole cut out sugar cookies. I started making them with my daugher and 3 of her friends when they were 7. We spent the day making them, decorating them, and let them take home the ones they made. I thought as they grew older, they would get to be "to old" to do this. To my suprise, every year they would all come over and say, Mom, when are we going to do the christmas cookies?" They are all 21 now and either at college or have started their own families. I am proud to say this tradition lasted until they were 19 years old! *tear* they grow up way to fast.

Christine Morrison said...

My favorite cookie is a Pumpkin Snickerdoodle for the holidays, along with Buckeyes and Chocolate Sams. My Grandma would make a list of everyone's favorite cookie and make them ALL! It was heaven!!!

Christine Morrison said...

I liked Smart Balance!!!

Christine Morrison said...

I'm following Smart Balance on Tritter!!

KristaP said...

Cut out sugar cookies - soft with fluffy icing are my favorite!

Krissy said...

My fav holiday cookie is peanut butter with a Hershey's kiss in the middle.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Krissy said...

I like Smart Balance on facebook.

Krissy
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Anonymous said...

My favorite Holiday cookie is the fuitcake cookie and the peanut butter blossom. Yummy!
Elizabeth elizabedu3@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite Holiday cookie is the fuitcake cookie and the peanut butter blossom. Yummy!
Elizabeth elizabedu3@aol.com

Anonymous said...

my favorite holiday cookie would have to be ....... any holiday cookie, as log as they are kids friendly to make.. amanda durham_81@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I liked smart balance on facebook :) amanda Durham_81@yahoo.com

Kitchen Confessions said...

My FAVORITE is chocolate chip!! !<3 mmmm kellyjanye712@gmail.com

Aimee @ ShugarySweets said...

LOVE these! PINNED.

Anonymous said...

Awesome recipes