Because of a recent trip to Apple Hill with my Mom, I was thinking about ways to enjoy apples this time of year that aren't "standard". My roommate hates pie, but he likes apple cake, and I wondered if this would work out.
They came out soft, kind of reminiscent of the tops of muffins, and honestly they're sweet enough they don't need frosting at all. As of this posting, I haven't had any after they've cooled off, but for now they're pretty cake-like.
1 stick butter, softened
2 tablespoons Neufchatel cheese, softened
½ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 tart apples, peeled/cored/grated
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
½ cup oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
Beat sugars, butter, and cheese together. Mix eggs and vanilla in thoroughly. Stir in grated apples. Sift into wet mixture together flour, salt, soda and spices, then add oatmeal and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, until golden.