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I can remember being in the kitchen with my Nanny. I was the little Souz chef, and she taught most of what I know about cooking. My favorite time to be in there with her was during the holidays. She would make her chocolate covered peanut butter and ritz crackers, Buckeyes, and hand held apple pies. I would be there with her every step of the way. We would laugh and she would pick at me, I miss her very much. But this time of year gets especially difficult.
Something that my Nanny always did and I still employ these is she was a semi-homemade cook. She added a few store bought ingredients and scratch made other parts just to make it easier and less time consuming. Something that had been part of her kitchen for years to help that process along was parchment paper.
There is nothing worse after working hours on prepping all those desserts is to have a complete and utter mess of a kitchen to clean. You would like to be able to sit down and enjoy the fruits or sweets of you labor. This is where my Nanny taught me the value of parchment paper. We would like our platter for the chocolate cookies with it, the cookies when hard would come right off and the platter would be clean. Easy peasy clean up! We would also line the baking sheet for the apple pies and bake them and you know what? Clean up was a breeze. All the mess is contained on the parchment and you just throw it away and you still have a clean pan.
I used to think it was magic this paper, nothing and I mean nothing would stick to it. It was leak proof leaving the pans completely clean. My Nanny told me we were baking with magic paper. Oh the things we tell children to keep them entertained. Lol. I know now it was parchment paper.
I love using it and I really like the clean up aspect of parchment. When baking with it though I don’t always have a good eye of how much I need so sometimes I tear off too much or too little. But Reynolds has changed all of that. They have a new pre measured and cut parchment paper that lays flat out of the box. It measures 12×16 and it lays flat! Allowing you to make the most perfect cookies with little to no fuss!!! This is awesome!!
I decided that would make a variation of my Nanny’s apple pie and call it salted Carmel hand pies. I wanted an almost cross between pie and cookie. I diced the apples and mixed it with the spices, and tossed those with some diced caramels. I think took some store bought dough and cut circles out, placing about 1 tbs of diced apple mixture into each circle, I topped it with another circle. Using a fork I pressed the edges together. I placed a piece of Reynolds Parchment on a cookie sheet and placed each hand pie on the parchment and placed it in the oven.
Create your own Holiday Recipes with Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets and #BakeMagicMoments with your family.
Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheet
1/4 tsp of nutmeg
1/4 tsp of allspice
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tbs of butter
1 crescent dough sheet
Dice apples and caramels. Toss with spices except salt. Cut small rounds out of dough, making sure you have an even number. Place 1 tbs or so of mixture on half of the dough rounds. Top with other dough rounds. Using a fork, press edges close. Place in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden. While hot brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt.
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