On my parents property, they have numerous apple trees. As I was growing up, we would pick so many apples in the autumn and make all kinds of great things from apples - apple sauce, dried apple chips and apple sharlotka. To this day, I still love baking with apples. Whenever the kitchen starts to smell sweet from baked apples, it brings me back to those warm memories of picking apples with my siblings, from the ground and from the tree branches in the crisp but warm fall days. These cookies have such an uncomplicated loveliness - simple and quick to make and taste just as straightforward but enticingly tasty. I found the recipe from a Russian recipe forum and have been making them for years.
Yields: about 50 cookies
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 sticks of butter, melted and slightly cooled
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
Powdered sugar, to dust the cookies
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, mix the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Add the vanilla and butter. Mix to combine. Meanwhile, whisk the flour and baking powder and then add to the dough just until incorporated. Cut the apples right before adding to the dough to prevent browning as much as possible. Add the apples and mix with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to combine. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until just beginning to brown around the edges. Dust with powdered sugar, if you like.