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Applejack Cookies – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013!

December 11, 2013


4.75 from 4 votes


Happy Cookie Swap Day everyone!!!

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Today is the exciting unveiling of The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 recipes! This was the first year I’ve participated and I’m certain it won’t be my last. It was a super exciting to bake and taste delicious cookies, while helping raise $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!


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After signing up for the cookie swap I received the names and addresses of the following three other food bloggers:

What’s Bacon

Food and Wine Chickie

In Natalie’s Shoes


I baked three dozen yummy cookies and sent one dozen to each of my assigned food bloggers. It was all done in a secret santa like style, where they didn’t know who they would get cookies from or what types of cookies they would get until my package arrived.


Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons


Combining the fantastic logos and tags from Love and Olive Oil with some 2Teaspoons’ original artwork I decorated my cookie boxes with festive cookie swap appeal.

Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons

In addition to the excitement of mailing my cookies I received three different packages the next week full of delicious cookie surprises! Each of my secret santa’s sent me a little information about themselves with one dozen yummy cookies!  The recipes should be up on their blogs today and a round-up of all the cookie swap recipes will be posted on The Little Kitchen and Love & Olive Oil on Monday December 16th 🙂

Gingerbread cookies – The bRUNcher

Peppermint mocha – Making Life Sweet

Taro white chocolate cookies – Bake_Something


Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons


I picked a unique recipe for the cookie swap, Applejack cookies!  They are super moist and apple-packed cookies that have the taste of apple pie in a convenient cookie form. My recipe has been modified from the original Applejacks cookie recipe in Hot From the Oven: Old Fashioned Baking Recipes from the Bake House Old Sturbridge Village published in 1964. My mom and I love history and really enjoyed visiting Old Sturbridge village, a living museum in Sturbridge MA which re-creates rural New England life from the 1790’s through the 1830’s, when I was a kid. I even found a newspaper clipping with the original Applejacks recipe.


Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons


The original recipe calls for a few drops of rum on the cookies right as they come out of the oven. I opted not to do this for the cookie swap so the cookies were family friendly, but I bet the added spiced rum flavor would be fantastic with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg!


Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons


Baking for the cookie swap was a fantastic experience. I loved sharing awesome cookie recipes while raising money for the fight against children’s cancer. It was super fun to meet other food bloggers and get to try their yummy surprise cookies recipes. I enjoyed selecting and baking my moist, apple-packed Applejack cookies and designing a festive, fun 2Teaspoons box to share them in!  🙂


Applejack Cookies - The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013 - 2Teaspoons



Applejack Cookies

4.75 from 4 votes
Super moist, apple-packed Applejack cookies - the flavors of apple pie in a convenient cookie form
Course Dessert
Servings 15 -18
Author 2Teaspoons adapted from Old Sturbridge Village


  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped apples lightly coated with granulated sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans walnuts, or almonds (or any combination of these)
  • Optional: ¼ cup raisins


  1. Cream sugar and butter together. Beat in egg. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl, then add to wet ingredients until blended. Gently stir in apples, nuts, and raisins. Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Place 1-2 inch balls 3 inches apart on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet or a well greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated 350 degrees oven for 14-17 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from oven. Cool completely on a wire rack.



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Recipe Rating

  1. Avatar for CANDICE D


    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! It’s hard to find cookie recipes with apple and this was a winner from our family. I doubled the recipe and will try the rum brushed on top when right out of the oven.

    • Avatar for Karen


      I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies! I bet the rum brush was a delicious addition 🙂

  2. Avatar for Wishing U Well

    Wishing U Well

    5 stars
    This cookie recipe is perfect for your kids and even to your partner. This is definitely healthy and looks delicious. A must try for everyone.

    • Avatar for Karen


      Hi Wishing U Well! These cookies were definitely a hit around my household – I’m happy to hear you agree 🙂

  3. Avatar for veronique deblois

    veronique deblois

    4 stars
    Thanks so much for the Apple Jack Cookies! Enjoy the holidays!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks! I’m really happy you enjoyed them. It was so much fun baking cookies for charity. I bet the Rolo in the center of your cookies is devine! 🙂

  4. Avatar for Lynna


    These cookies sound amazing! A recipe this old, MUST be delicious. 🙂

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks! I was so happy my mom kept track of the recipe. It was super fun baking for the cookie swap. Your peppermint hot chocolate cookies look fantastic and super moist! 🙂

  5. Avatar for Harvey Morris

    Harvey Morris

    5 stars
    Your cookies look great. I’ve never made cookies with apple, so I’m going to give it a try.

    This was my first year participating in the Cookie Swap; I made Soft-Baked Gingersnap Molasses Cookies, 3 ways. Had great fun and enjoyed getting exposed to so many other passionate food bloggers.

    Happy holidays!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks! This was my first year participating in the cookie swap and I had a great time baking, tasting, and meeting other food bloggers. Your cookies looks super yummy! I love molasses, especially around the time of the year 🙂

  6. Avatar for Nita


    Those applejack cookies look so good. I hope you enjoyed the gingerbread men!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Thanks! Your gingerbread men were delicious and super cute. I thought their slight orange flavor went really well with the ginger 🙂

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