Cookies of the Soul – Fresh Green Apple Turnover Cookies and the Lazy Afternoons

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Bobbie was reminiscing about her grandmother and those little green apple turnover cookies. Bobbie would beg her to make them so she could serve them during her tea party with one of her best friends, Teddy Polk-A-Dots. Bobbie knew how to cook those little cookies before she was allowed to hold a knife. She remembers her grandmother telling her, “You have to use Granny Smith apples Bobbie because the cookies won’t taste as sweet without the tartness of these apples. Remember that. It’s the most important part of making these cookies.”

Bobbie slowly moved her head up at the sky blinking at the bright sunlight, “Just like life Grandma. Got to have that tart to make it that much sweeter. Thanks for the advice. I miss you so much Grandma.” She knew that she had a clean shirt on today that was a definite improvement from yesterday. She was exactly a lion yet but she had strength, the confidence was lacking but one step at a time. Guitars and a certain room flashed through her brain and she flopped down helplessly in her porch rocker.

She gave up and didn’t resist. The bittersweet memories flooded over and through her. She was facing the wall in her little cottage. She could feel the bed beneath her and let the cool air from the air float in through the window and over her. She heard that front door close and she shut her eyes. Bobbie was curious. She knew that you could always tell how much a man loved you by how he treated you when you slept. So, she thought she would try it out. She felt the pressure change on the bed and she lay still. She felt his arms circle around her and he kissed her cheek ever so softly. Never before the moment had she felt so much and peace and love flow over her in a strong wave with no abating. She could feel the same exuding from him. They were safe and with each other.

She turned around and he kissed her softly on the lips. “The night grows bitter, the stars have lost their glitter. That great beginning has seen a final ending, with hope….,” Judy Garland was singing her sweet song in the background. The emotions within Bobbie were almost too much to handle.

There were very few things she remembered as well as his face laying on that pillow. That day she memorized every little feature in his face, every little mole and mark. His blond hair, his lips, his closed eyes….she fell in love all over again when she saw his face. Passion, fear, and purpose became hers all over again. Her heart just couldn’t contain it….

Two months of those lazy afternoons and it became night, permanently. All over what? An issue over heaven and hell, fear and hope, friendship and love. She knew for the moment that she was down for the count. She didn’t expect to forget him and what he had meant, but she did expect to be able to think on him with happiness and tenderness and without sadness or bitterness.

It would take some time certainly, but she did know that someday she would look around the corner and find the man who possessed some of the wonderful characteristics of those lazy afternoons. This one though, when he looked into her he would see heaven and hell, fear and hope, friendship and love and not let her go. Not for a million. It could be today….for now it is just one step at a time.

“Fresh Green Apple Turnover Cookies”*

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Ingredients: 1 and 1/3 cups of ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup of confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 2 large eggs, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice, ¼ tsp of salt, zest of one lemon plus a tsp of zest, 1-2 tbs of non-fat milk, 1/3 cup of Splenda, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1/3 cup of sugar, ¼ tsp of vanilla extract, 1 tbs plus 1/3 cup of margarine, 3 medium Granny Smith apples peeled cored and cubed, and 3 tbs of golden raisins.

1) Mix the cheese, the flours, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, milk, 1/6 cup of sugar, 1/6 cup of Splenda, 1 egg, 1 tsp of lemon zest grated, vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup of margarine in a large mixing bowl.

2) Plump the raisins in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain well and pat dry with paper towels.

3) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Set out a couple of greased cookie sheets.

4) Mix the apples, remaining margarine, remaining sugar, remaining Splenda, remaining lemon zest, and the juice in a large saucepan over low heat. Once it starts getting bubbly, simmer for about 5 minutes or until the apples begin to soften. Stir in the raisins and let them cool completely. Discard the lemon zest.

5) Roll the dough out to ¼ inch thick. Use a round 3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. Spread with a tsp of the apple filling leaving a ½ inch border around the edge. Brush the border with the beaten egg and fold over pressing firmly. Brush the tops with the remaining egg. Arrange on a cookies sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on the sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar.

6) Enjoy these delicious cookies with all the wonderful sweetness of life.

* Base of recipe from Cookies and then I molded it from there.

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