Apple Pie Spiced Cookies

I admit, I’m definitely a warm, chocolate chip cookie kind of girl. But when I’m all out of those little cocoa morsels and I’m craving some straight-from-the-oven baked treats, these Apple Pie Spiced cookies are definitely my next favorite in line! They’re just the right mix of chewy and crunchy. Try them this season as an unexpected addition to all those traditional Christmas cookies. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as my family does.

Apple Pie Spiced Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
Makes approx. 35 cookies

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. butter, softened to room temp
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp apple pie spice**
1 tsp real vanilla
1 egg
2 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour ( I use hard red or hard white wheat)
Topping
2 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
**Apple Pie Spice
1/4 c cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground ginger
Mix together and store in an airtight container.
Directions:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the flour (not including the topping). Use a mixer to blend well. Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Shape the dough into walnut sized balls, and place them about 2 in. apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use a fork to slightly flatten each cookie. Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping, and sprinkle over each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until just turning light brown around the edges. They might look slightly undercooked, but they’ll be perfect once they cool. If you over bake them a little, they’ll be more crunchy than chewy. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

I beg you, make these. And while you’re at it, double the batch. ‘Cause if your home is anything like mine, they won’t make it through the night!