However, for future reference, I did find these two websites (one and two) that list all the varieties of apples and how to use them. Very useful!
So, with all these apples, I wanted to make a couple of things. More than two, actually, but my husband ate a lot of the apples... they were indeed delicious!
- The choice of apples is very important. Do not choose a variety that is very juicy. I think the ones I chose were too close to the Golden Delicious variety, they looked, felt, smelled and tasted so similar, if I didn’t know I didn’t purchase Golden Delicious, I’d have been fooled. I baked the apples for the recommended time but they were far from dry. I used them anyway... I think that is what explains most of the differences in the original recipe and mine.
- I also didn’t wait until the apples were cooled before mixing them into the dough and I think it overheated the dough, forcing me to add flour (almost ½ cup). I also had to leave the dough in the fridge overnight to have a firm enough dough to roll and cut. And even then, I needed to freeze the leftover for 15-30 minutes before I could roll it again.
- The original recipe called for 12 minutes of baking time. I don’t know if it’s because my dough had a high level of liquid, but it took 15-17 minutes for them to be ready.
The original recipe showed a picture that led me to believe these would be cookies, with a certain crunch, but delicate.
I got cookies that look fantastic (I had an apple-shaped cookie cutter I had never used). They are quite pale, almost like sugar cookies, with an texture between cake and biscuit. Their taste is also really nice, very subtle. Because I used an apple with little taste after baking, you can’t really taste the apples, unfortunately. But I liked that the cookies are moist and slightly sweet, meaning that you don’t taste the sugar like in a sugar or chocolate chip cookie, but you don’t feel like an ingredient is missing either.
I am pretty happy with the result, even though it was quite a challenge. I would definitely redo them, making sure to choose a different apple.