I received a product sample in exchange for an honest review, however my opinions are 100% my own.
Baking cookies during this busy time of year is one of my favorite things to do. It’s always fun to try out new recipes, and give delicious cookies away as gifts if the batch turns out particularly well. Last week I had the opportunity to try some wonderful apple butter from Department of Sweet Diversions. This apple butter is truly beyond superb! It’s probably the best apple butter that I have ever tasted. Made in small batches using traditional techniques, this apple butter and the other wonderful jams available feature organic ingredients, and are completely free of preservatives. Nothing is processed (even the pectin is homemade), and the fruits and herbs are locally sourced from Farmer’s Markets within a 12-mile radius of their new kitchen.
Department of Sweet Diversions’ jam flavors include:
Operation Peppercorn: fresh strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper
The Grand Scheme: fresh strawberries and Grand Marnier Liqueur
Rule of Plum: Black splendor plums combined cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, ginger and cloves
The Return of Mr. Bartlett: Bartlett pears with chestnut honey & vanilla bean
Mr. Bartlett’s Stepchild: Bartlett pears with acacia honey & fresh ginger
Master of Disguise: tomato infused with fresh basil and combined with balsamic vinegar & red pepper flakes
The Cocoa Caper: oranges & chocolate, a British-inspired flavor
The Suite Surprise: apple butter sweetened with agave, with a special blend of spices, and a dash of Brandy added for good measure
The Sanguine Seduction: fancy blood oranges infused with vanilla bean
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LIMITED EDITION: Grateful Grouse: sweet orange slices with fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice
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This yummy apple butter makes a great gift for the holidays: A 6oz jar can be purchased online at www.
So what did I make with my batch of apple butter from Department of Sweet Diversions? Cookies of course! These were the best tasting apple butter cookies, and now I’m sharing the recipe with you!
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup Department of Sweet Diversions apple butter
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl stir butter, sugar, and egg until just combined.
Stir in oats and apple butter.
Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture along with milk. Beat until blended.
Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
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