Fall is here on the Farm, and that means it time to bake. When the weather gets cool and especially when it rains, I get this feeling inside that says bake. It makes the house warm and cozy , it smells like home when you walk through the door. When my sons were young and husband was still working, I baked cookies every Sunday for lunches no matter the weather, because it was necessary. So I had to come up with different recipes, so no one got bored with the same old cookies over and over again. Well of course they had their favorites. Many years I baked on Sunday, then there was no reason to bake, things changed and everyone went off their own way, and husband I didn’t need cookies everyday, our bodies didn’t anyway. It was pretty hard for me to stop cold turkey kinda like giving up a tradition which for me is hard, giving up the old ways you were taught, and you were raised with. So I still bake whenever I get a chance or when I’m given fruit or vegetables from someones garden or when the holidays are here or to bake something special for someone, that’s my favorite thing to do.
But here’s the thing, which is very much ingrained into me, it has to be from scratch and made with old fashioned ingredients, more work hmm maybe depending on the ingredients but better for you. We all know to much sugar isn’t good for us, but is it the sugar? or how it’s processed? How about how Grandma or Great Grandma or Mom made it? Think about those recipes, simple ingredients right? They used what they had or grew or raised. I’m sharing one of my recipes that was given to me years ago that is my very fall favorite, actually it’s a go to recipe anytime, because it’s simple, basic , and yummy.
APPLE JACK COOKIES
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped, unpeeled apple
Directions: Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in egg. Sift together dry ingredients, add to mixture. Beat until well blended. Stir in apples. Drop in the shape of balls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes 12 to 16 cookies.
Here’s a few changes I do, I don’t sift the dry ingredients together, just mix together in a bowl. I don’t worry about making them into a ball, I just “drop” teaspoon size dough on the cookie sheet. I use a non stick sheet so no greasing needed, or sometimes I use baking sheets. Sometimes the dough can seem a little dry when you are stirring it, I just add a little milk and stir. This is a soft moist cookie fresh out of the oven, you just can’t eat one. I actually made them on Saturday because family came, I sent the rest home with the grand boys, they can run their calories off playing football , but yes I had to taste first we wouldn’t want to have someone eat something that tasted bad right?
I hope you enjoy the recipe, try it I know you’ll like it, and let me know what your think about one of my favorite Old Fashioned Recipes like our Grandma’s made.