Friday, October 5, 2012

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

I think peanut butter and apple pair really well together, one of my favorite fall desserts is this  caramel apple pizza that calls for a peanut butter cream cheese filling and lots of apples on top.....yum!

I usually make these at least once during the fall season when I'm baking lots of apple goodies. They are a soft peanut butter cookie filled with grated apple and crunchy, chopped peanuts. You'll find just a hint of cinnamon throughout the cookie. It may seem like an odd ingredient, but trust me, all the flavors blend together in a wonderful way.

If you want more texture from the apples, you can add diced apple to your batter rather than grating it. Either way I know you'll love this perfect fall cookie!

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies

1/4 c shortening
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c chopped peanuts
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c grated or diced apple

In a large bowl cream shortening, butter, peanut butter and both sugars. Add in egg and vanilla. Mix in chopped peanuts. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Lastly stir in the grated or diced apple. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, drop cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 12-14 mins or until lightly brown around edges. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

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