Pin a Day: Apple Doodles

It's another Baking Wednesday!  I have been working hard to find recipes that won't melt in the heat at trivia, but I don't want to make the same thing every week.  Cookies seem to be a safe option, so I looked through my Pinterest boards for a new cookie recipe.  Back to school equals fall in my book, so I used that inspiration and made these Apple Doodles.   I may have been jumping the gun a little bit, but I was eager to try these.  I started by peeling and dicing an apple.  I picked a Granny Smith, but you can pick your favorite variety.  Next, I creamed the butter and sugar in my stand mixer.  To that, I added in vanilla and an egg.  In a separate bowl, I combined flour, pudding mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. I gradually added that to the mixer, scraping the sides as I went.  Finally, I added in the apples and white chocolate chips.  I chilled the dough in the fridge for an hour.  During that time, I preheated the oven to 350 and made a cinnamon sugar mix.  I rolled the dough into balls and rolled them in the cinnamon sugar mix before placing them on baking sheets.  I was able to make almost 3 dozen cookies.  I let the cookies bake about 9 minutes.  They were a little underbaked, but I hate burnt cookies.  10-11 minutes would probably be ideal.    I let the cookies set on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes before allowing them to completely cool on cooling racks.  We had plenty of cookies to share with our favorite beer tenders, our awesome team mates, and some of our favorite competing teams.  The cookies were definitely fall in a bite.  The apples were nice and soft.  I enjoyed the cinnamon sugar and wished that I had a pumpkin beer to chase them with.  The cookies brought us luck and we pulled in a 3rd place showing after some tough rounds.  These were a great fall tasting cookie that were simple to make and definitely enjoyed by all.