Sunday Baking: Apple Butter Snickerdoodles & a Storybook Zin

Apple butter snickerdoodles and SMV corkWhile I drink red and white wine and all types of beer and ciders all year long, I do tend to gravitate towards the lighter styles of each in the summer and slowly start shifting to heavier ones after Labor Day. In the same way, while I collect cookie recipes year-round, I wait for “the right time of year” to make ones that will help put everyone in the mood for the season. By the beginning of October, I was solidly into red wine and apples–opening slightly bigger reds and trying cookie recipes that could not only celebrated the arrival of apple season, but also could transition all the way through the fall to Christmas.

I was inspired by an Apple Butter Snickerdoodle recipe I saw on Crazy for Crust, so I adjusted my favorite snickerdoodle recipe, opened up a bottle a recent vintage of Zinfandel from one of my favorite wineries, and got to work.

2013 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Mayacamas Range Zinfandel

2013 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Mayacamas Range Zinfandel

The 2013 Storybook Mountain Vineyards Mayacamas Range Zinfandel (winery) is from Napa, California. The wine was a medium-to-dark ruby with a purplish tint. On the nose, there were tart raspberries and hints of blackberry jam. In the mouth, there were blackberries and hints of raspberries and pepper. The wine was medium bodied with high acidity and medium tannins.

Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll have a decent, reliable glass. At $37.50, a bottle of wine should be something a little special, and normally Storybook wines offer that. However, the 2013 Mayacamas Range wasn’t one of those bottles. Maybe I didn’t let this wine age long enough or maybe it just wasn’t a great vintage for the winery, but the wine was a little thin without the big and bold flavors I’ve come to expect from Storybook.

Overall, the cookies were a touch on the cakey side and could use a little more apple flavor, but I will definitely be working to perfect this recipe because they were a fun way to start off the fall baking season.   When paired with the wine, they brought out some of the baking spices that were hiding. Neither the cookies nor the wine ended up being the best, but both have potential. In fact, they left me yearning for the 2009 Storybook Mountain vintage, which would have made for the perfect fall pairing.

Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite fall food or dessert pairing?

Apple Butter Snickerdoodles
Print Recipe
A fun apple-y variation on the classic snickerdoodle recipe.
Servings
4 dozen
Servings
4 dozen
Apple Butter Snickerdoodles
Print Recipe
A fun apple-y variation on the classic snickerdoodle recipe.
Servings
4 dozen
Servings
4 dozen
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and apple butter. Mix until combined.
  4. On low speed, add dry ingredients and mix until just blended (about 30 seconds).
  5. Divide dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  8. In small bowl, mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon for coating.
  9. Remove one of the dough halves to begin shaping cookies.
  10. Take a rounded tablespoon of chilled dough and roll between the palms of your hands to create 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until coated.
  11. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets. Keep cookies about 2 inches apart and press them down so that each is about 1/2 inch high.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes.
  13. Let cookies set on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is inspired by Crazy for Crust's Apple Butter Snickerdoodles and is a modification of my snickerdoodle recipe.

Price: $37.50
Purchased at Storybook Mountain Vineyards website
Overall: 3 Corks

Comments

  1. says

    Fun! I love Zin and was sad to hear this one was disappointing. There are, sadly, not many great Zinfandel options available in Ontario, but I try to always have some Hope Family Wines Zinfandel on hand. Love that wine.

  2. says

    For some reason, I don’t have the same impulse to enjoy lighter things in summer and heavier ones in winter–I just enjoy whichever ones I like most whenever I want them! It’s just one of my many quirks. 😉 But I’ll accept any excuse to enjoy zinfandel, so carry forth!

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