Sometimes success is a matter of redeeming your mistakes with a good save. I was trying to make refrigerator cookies and wound up with a log of great tasting dough that hardened into concrete and crumbled when I tried to slice off cookies to bake. It was sad but the only thing you can do is throw the whole mess out or try to re-purpose the mistake, kind of like IBM and post-it notes. Earlier in the week I had over-bought an enormous bag of huge Red Delicious apples and needed to find some way to use up all that bounty before it spoiled.
I had already made apple sauce and still had apples left over. Then it occurred to me that the crumbling cookie dough was about the texture of streusel topping. Put those two thing together and you’ve got Apple Crisp.
I took the cookie dough, put it in a zip lock and smacked it with the rolling pin until I achieved streusel consistency.
In a big bowl I peeled and sliced about four big apples and tossed them with cinnamon and brown sugar.
Then I arranged them in a buttered baking dish. with some dollops of coconut oil (which makes everything taste better).
Photo by Elaine Broughton
Now, for the “coup de cookie”. I sprinkled the whole thing with the cookie dough streusel mixture and popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
There is nothing fancy about this dessert which is part of its charm. It’s homey and comforting on a cold, rainy day, and topped with a little ice cream or topping, you just feel warm and proud of yourself for snatching happiness from the jaws of a sad kitchen mess. I’m going to have a big bowl of it right now.