Apple Spice Cookies

It’s been a couple weeks since I last posted.. and I can’t seem to figure out where the time went! We’re already over half a month into January and I couldn’t find the time to write a simple blog post?

Change seems to have been the theme for January so far. I’ve made lifestyle changes, workout changes, and diet changes. For the most part though, have the potential to be pretty insignificant in the long run. Think about your day-to-day happenings. The small things you do may not last, and they may not create a lasting impression on you or the people around you. But, if you can really stick by these changes, you  have the potential to be different forever.

Is it really that difficult to make up your mind to commit to change… and actually do it? In my last post I talked about New Years resolutions. Isn’t that the whole idea behind it? You pick something you would like to see a change in (whether internally or externally) and you plan on following through. Unfortunately, our commitment levels tend to waver in the face of adversity.

Some of those changes are scary.. they throw you out of your comfort zone and are really difficult to stick with. Others aren’t… but after a while you just get too lazy to cook those 3 homemade dinners a week, wake up for a 6am workout or call your parents twice a week.

Our biggest excuse for not committing is usually “I’m too busy!”. Well, think about it. If you are the most important person in your life, shouldn’t you be making time for YOU before anyone else? This week, make that change. Take an hour and do something that makes you happy. For me, it was writing this blog post. For you it could be going for a run outside (if you live in San Diego.. DO IT.. this weather is ridiculous), drinking a glass of wine and watching a movie, reading a book or going to a yoga class. Or.. if you’re a foodie with a sweet tooth.. why not make these cookies!

Apple Spice Cookies

obviously not a picture of a spice cookie, but a cool picture nonetheless.


Ingredients: (this sounds like a lot, but I actually had all of this already in my kitchen!)

1 cup oats (I use quick oats, but I bet steel cut would be awesome)

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp molasses

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

¼ tsp cloves

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ cup maple syrup (or honey)

½ cup applesauce

¼ cup safflower oil

½ cup chopped walnuts

2 small apples peeled and shredded


Preheat oven to 350.

In one bowl, mix dry ingredients together. Add wet (minus apples…you can mix wet and then add to dry in another bowl, but it really doesn’t matter). Mix together until fully combined, then add apples and chopped walnuts. Bake on a greased baking sheet for about 10 minutes (each cookie is about 2 tablespoons of batter)


One thought on “Apple Spice Cookies

  1. Gillian- I just remembered your blog and caught myself up! I thought of you because the “Chef’s Holidays” are currently happening at the Ahwahnee (where I work), and this really awesome chef named Jesse Cool did a demonstration and made this delicious beet gnocchi and I thought you might want to try it out if you get a chance-
    —Beet Gnocchi—
    3/4 pound, roasted, peeled red beets
    1 1/4 pounds roasted, peeled potato
    1/2 cup parmesan/asiago
    3 tablespoons chives
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    2 egg
    1 to 1 1/2 cups flour

    Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
    Coat beets and potatoes with olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper and put on a baking sheet.
    Roast in oven for about 45 minutes to an hour or until very soft when pierced with the tip of a knife.
    Cool and slip off the beet peels and put in a medium bowl.
    Cut potatoes in half and scoop out flesh and add to beets
    Put them through a potato ricer or a food mill.
    Add the parmesan, chives, salt, and pepper
    Mix gently.
    Add the egg and mix
    Add 3/4 cup flour and blend well.
    Bring a pot of water to a simmer
    To test if you have added enough flour, pinch a piece of the dough about the size of a quarter from the dough, roll in flour and drop into the pot. It should rise to the top. If it falls apart, add more flour to the batter
    Divide the batter into four pieces.
    Generously flour a board and put one of the pieces on the board. Roll it into a thick “snake” about 1/2 inch thick.
    Cut into 3/4 inch pieces
    Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
    Cook by dropping in small batches into lightly salted water.
    Gnocchi is done when it floats to the top.
    -Jesse Cool
    -Flea Street Café ~ Menlo Park Ca.

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