That’s the message
from the New York Apple Association (NYAA), which is calling on children across
the state to leave a New York state apple for Santa along with those cookies
this Christmas Eve.
Serving Santa sugar
cookies? Pair them with sweet-tart McIntosh or Empire, both in-state natives.
Plating some spicy gingerbread people? Accompany them with a sweet, mild Gala
or Golden Delicious (the short, squat New York state kind). Chocolate chip
cookies? Red Rome is the perfect tart counterpoint.
Looking to kill two
birds with one stone? Bake up a batch of apple cookies for the big guy.
“Put yourself in
Santa’s shoes, you can only eat so many cookies before you’d want another option
too,” said Registered Dietitian Linda Quinn, NYAA’s consulting dietitian. “And
crunchy, juicy apples are a smart choice too, because apples combine natural
fruit sugars with lots of fiber to regulate Santa’s energy over time.”
nutrition nannies, but it is a good thing that kids can learn about healthy
eating at the same time they are making memories and having fun,” added Quinn.
Empire Apple Cookies
1 cup New York
State Empire* apples, finely chopped (about 1 medium-sized apple)
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup all bran breakfast cereal
1/4 cup milk
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped nuts
*Alternately, use any sweet-tart New York state apple
categorized as suitable for baking.
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and spices;
set aside. In a large bowl, blend butter and brown sugar; add egg and beat
well. Add the breakfast cereal, milk and flour mixture; beat well. Stir in
raisins and nuts until well combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased
baking sheets. Bake about 10 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool slightly
on pans, then turn out onto racks.
Yield: About 4
New YouTube Video Features Christmas Recipes
Quinn stars in a
new YouTube video offering suggestions for incorporating delicious, nutritious,
family-friendly apples into your Christmas menus – and even decorating. View
the Christmas video on NYAA’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/newyorkapples1.
agricultural trade association based in Fishers, N.Y., NYAA represents the
state’s commercial apple growers. The grower-funded association supports
profitable growing and marketing of New York apples through increasing demand
for apples and apple products, representing the industry at state and federal
levels, and serving as the primary information source on New York apple-related
matters. For more information, visit www.nyapplecountry.com.