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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

apple raisin cookies for Election Day

i voted today. did you?

it's my first election. and a history-making election at that. i wanted to make something "american" but that term is so diluted now. what is american? it's a word that can't be defined because it would depend on who was answering. to simplify things a bit, what do you think is a quintessential american sweet treat? for me, i think of apple pies. but i couldn't very well bake a bunch of apple pies and carry them around in line to vote! cookies are much easier to share.

you'd think i would be done with my stash of picked apples but no dice. but this is my 3rd and final apple dish for the season. i'll figure out what to do with the rest of the apples.

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Apple Raisin Cookies
adapted from about.com: Southern Food

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup finely chopped unpeeled apples
(i also added about a tsp of cinnamon)

Cream butter with sugars; beat in egg and vanilla. Sift together the dry ingredients then add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, raisins, and chopped apples. Drop cookie dough by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 12to 15 minutes.

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Today's soundtrack: Live, Overcome

"...in our castle where we're always free to choose/never free enough to find/i wish somethin' would break/cuz we're runnin' out of time..."

7 comments:

  1. So that's what you miss with early voting.....a good hearted american passing out delicious cookies!

    Yum :o)

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  2. Congrats on the first-time voting! And, again, such a great idea to bring cookies!

    (Though, happily, I waited maybe 2 minutes at my polling place.)

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  3. jess - :) i had drum up some excitment that early in the morning! and the people who are there all day, they gotta get some love too.

    shannalee -
    thank you! good thing you didn't have to wait long, i heard on the news today that it's cold and dreary everywhere! i'd hate for people to be deterred from voting just because of the weather.

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  4. yes, of course apple pies but good ole chocolate chip cookies are just fine and just as "American" (whatever that means...as you pointed out)...
    I'm glad you voted! My first election was when I voted for Bill Clinton in 1995...I'll never forget it! congratulations on your first time!

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  5. chessa -
    i thought of chocolate chip cookies too! i guess a batch of the NY Times choc. chip cookies would've gone over well too! :)

    vera -
    thanks! they were really good, moist and almost cake-like. perfect for my braces. :)

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  6. chessa -
    i thought of chocolate chip cookies too! i guess a batch of the NY Times choc. chip cookies would've gone over well too! :)

    vera -
    thanks! they were really good, moist and almost cake-like. perfect for my braces. :)

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