Falling for Cookies!

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“Ah, September!  You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul…but I must confess that I love you because you are a prelude to my beloved October.” Peggy Toney Horton

In the small town where I grew up, I could walk to elementary school and back by myself.  I would even come home for lunch every day.   One of my fondest memories is picking up the pace to get home even faster when I would smell my mom’s molasses cookies permeating the crisp air.  Even though the school was a few blocks away, I could recognize that enticing aroma and knew my mom and the cookies would be waiting for me as soon as I got home.   It was the greatest feeling in the world.  Every fall, when the temperatures start dipping,  I get in the mood for baking cookies.  Here is a half dozen of great fall cookies sure to fill your home with irresitible aromas for creating happy memories for a loved one of your own and to herald in autumn.

(My childhood molasses cookie recipe is found in the monogrammed gingerbread recipe below.  My mom would cut the dough in round shapes.  Using a smaller cutter, she  would remove the center of half the cookies, creating a window similar to that of Linzer cookies.  She would sandwich a bit of her homemade raspberry jam between two soft, perfectly spiced gingerbread-molasses cookies with the jam oozing out of the peekaboo cut out of the top cookie. Pure bliss!)

Spiced Chocolate Cut Outs

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Maple Glazed Apple-Oatmeal Cookies

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“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” Martin Luther

When I came across this cookie in the September issue of Family Circle Magazine, I knew I would be trying it out.  Oatmeal and apple?  Count me in!  With less than a cup of flour, 3 cups of rolled oats, egg whites, no leavening agent and chock full of chopped apples, it was a pretty healthy version of a classic oatmeal cookie.  The recipe called for jumbo sizes but I made them regular-sized and got twice as many cookies.  The texture is a bit granola-like with big soft chunks of apple  and a nice spicy note.   The maple glaze puts these over the top!   Turn them into a fall ice cream sandwhich by pressing a scoop of maple-walnut ice cream between 2 cookies.  A delicious back-to-school lunch box cookie with a big dose of fiber and fruit.  A+

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