Paula Red used to be my favorite apple when I was growing up. They were one of the earliest apples ready for fall picking, and one of the first apples I saw in those white paper bags at the grocery store.
That’s not why Paula Reds were my favorite apples though, because let’s face it, they fall far behind other apples in terms of their crispness, sweetness, and “bake-ability.” Obviously, the only reason they were my favorite is because the apple and I share the same name; when you are six years old, that’s pretty cool. Nevertheless, my tastes have changed and I have several new favorite apples, with honey crisp being at the top of the list.
In fact, honey crisp is what I used to make this very simple “no-recipe” recipe today. Of course you can easily use whichever apple is your favorite (or happen to have on hand); when you pair apples with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and nuts, any type is the perfect type.
This “recipe” is perfect for any time that you need a pick-me-up throughout the day; it has been my after school/work goto for the last week or so. It gives me extra energy to take Bruno for his walk and tides me over until dinner. Perfect. Feel free to use whatever toppings you like. I used mini chocolate chips and chopped pistachios for this recipe, but I’ve used walnuts, almonds, and white chocolate chips as well. You really can’t go wrong.
What is your favorite apple in the fall? Let me know below!
Paula’s Note: To get super thin slices, I rely on my mandolin slicer. If you don’t have one, just use a sharp knife.
Sweet Apple “Cookies”
Time: 5 minutes
- 1 Apple
- Peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
- Nut of choice, chopped
- Chocolate chips
- Thinly slice apple
- Pat apple slices dry with paper towel (this makes it easier for the peanut butter to stick to the top of the apple)
- Spread peanut butter over each slice
- Sprinkle with desired toppings