Hurricane Sandies


We woke up this morning and our house had power, which I absolutely didn’t expect. With the wind last night and the way the trees and branches came down, I thought for sure every time the lights flickered that we would lose it indefinitely. We were pretty lucky here.

Today is a day full of activities to keep the kiddos busy inside while we survey the minimal damage that we did have in our yard. It’s still rainy and a bit windy here, and with the possibility of more falling branches, the kids are stuck inside.  Of course, baking is something that I always love doing on a damp, dark, gloomy day and with our power still working today, we are awarded the luxury of an oven.

The kids helped me create the recipe for Hurricane Sandies, a quick, easy recipe with classic household ingredients that I am sure you have on hand. The way we made it, it also doubles for a great vegan treat!


½ stick of Earth Balance spread (you could substitute butter or margarine for this)

½ cup of applesauce (we used our canned applesauce)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp water

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

Some (a half of a bowl full) of confectioner’s sugar

Chocolate morsels (about ½ cup)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter or margarine, applesauce, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla.

Stir in flour.

Roll into quarter sized balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (you don’t need that much room between them). With a fork, slightly press down on the center of the ball to flatten a bit.

Bake for 17-19 minutes until just golden brown on top.

Just after taking out of the oven, roll in confectioner’s sugar until covered. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle chocolate over the top of the cookies.

These are a hit. They go perfectly with a cup of tea (my favorite), and the hint of applesauce and cinnamon adds the perfect touch. I may even add a bit more next time!

It’s a great snack for the cool weather out there, especially after coming inside from these brisk fall days.


What other baking are you doing today?

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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