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Apple Filled New Year's Cookies

Dec 20, 2010

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I was looking forward to the month of December to display the sweet and heart warming recipes I was saving since summer. I am one of those people (no not a vampire) who finds bad weather and cold dark days inspiring and get utterly demotivated upon seeing sunshine rays coming through my bedroom blinds in the morning. Judging by the bright sun trying to make its way into my eyes through the drapes of the living room right at this moment, I'm afraid winter will never make it to town this year. Even if it does, without my cat whose warm and fluffy tummy would be at my hand's reach while I sat on the couch, reading, writing or whatever I felt like doing, winter times are never going to be the same.

Apple filled crescent cookies 
To tell the truth it was the flu that got on the way, not the never-coming winter or the absence of Bebek. While I rested on the couch I shuffled through my new cookbooks and made plans. For instance, at one point during my illness, I rehandled my gluten free chocolate pie recipe I was meaning to post for my birthday on November and brought it to perfection. I will be sharing that treasure soon but for now, here are the new year's cookies recipe perfect for the occasion.

Even though I prepared the recipe and the photos days ago, I had absolutely nothing to write about. The draft was lingering on the computer for days until yesterday, when Google's feed service delivering my newly posted recipes to my subscribers delivered one of my earlier posts by mistake. I took it as a warning sign to end my unproductiveness and am pushing myself to publish this recipe today, no matter what. Despite all my efforts, the interesting story to complete my special new year cookies never came to me. It must be the blogger's block. The fact that it was going to be a new year's post put more pressure on my tired head. I do love these cookies and although they remind me only the sweetest of memories, of my mother, our home and the cozy winter weekends, I couldn't remember a single unusual anectode worth writing about. I was counting on funny mischieves that might happen during the preparation of these cookies but everything went smoothly, as they are very easy to make. That left me with only one option: to write about my inability to write.

I hate to admit but the truth is that I have entered into one of my sarcastic phases when nothing seems interesting or worthy of telling and writing. And how inappropriate is that at this time of the year when I am supposed to be sharing happy memories, hopes, new ideas and exciting new plans, all I have is the stupid blogger's block. And I don't even know if such a thing exists I hope it goes away though.

Sorry if I have ruined your holiday moods. Forget I said all that and concentrate on the photos to cheer yourself up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I wish everybody an inspiring new year...

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Apple Filled New Year Cookies

makes about 10 cookies

Ingredients:

    for the dough:

  • 1 egg
  • 125 g butter, softened at room temperature
  • 150 g flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • for the filling:

  • 1 apple, pitted and cored
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for decoration

Directions:

  1. Slice the apple into 2-3 mm thick slices. Transfer to a sauté pan with sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Caramelize the apple slices over low-medium heat for 25-30 minutes, until soft.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Stir in the crushed walnuts.
  3. In a bowl, combine egg, butter, flour and baking soda. Knead the mixture with your hand into a soft dough.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 C/360F.
  5. Divide the dough into 9 or 10 equal pieces and roll them into balls. By pressing each one between your palms, flatten them into circles of 10 cm/4 inch. Place a teaspoon of the apple-walnut mixture in the middle of the circle and fold the dough in two. Combine the edges and stretch and fold the ends to shape it into a crescent form.
  6. Place the crescents on an oven tray lined with grease proof paper. Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove before they start browning.
  7. Transfer the cookies on a cooling rack. When cooled, sprinkle them generously with powdered sugar.
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