This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookie
Oatmeal Cookies tend to get a bad rap. They just aren’t as flashy as their cousins, the chocolate chip cookie. I’ve always been a fan of a good oatmeal cookie, though. This recipe, the apple cinnamon oatmeal cookie, adds just the right amount of oomph to the traditional oatmeal cookie.
This is an extremely versatile recipe. As a result, it can be easily changed to meet your particular needs. I almost always prefer a healthier option. However, if you want to kick it up a notch you can go even further than I have you could use less butter and more applesauce. Heck, you could leave the butter out completely, for example. If you are looking for a low-calorie option you can easily go for more low-fat options. As a matter of fact, the applesauce substitution for butter is good there as well, but you have to be careful reading labels or you could do more harm than good.
There are so many substitutions that can be done for healthy or low-fat options. One of the things I love about cooking is that it is never an exact science. I learned from my grandma years ago that it is much more of an art. This means that it is very open to interpretation and experimentation to make it YOURS.I learned from my grandma years ago that it is much more of an art. This means that it is very… Click To Tweet
If you are just looking to go with what you have in your pantry you can easily do that as well. Any sugars, flours or other ingredients that you have on hand will work. While I personally prefer natural sugars I don’t get preachy about it. You have what you have and in the end, it all makes a cookie just the same! Now, on the other hand, if you have any particular questions about natural products and how to do substitutions or what to use where I’d be more than happy to help! However, I’ve never been one to tell others what to do. In fact, I love celebrating the uniqueness of what others create in the kitchen and elsewhere. You do you boo!
Let’s Get to the Recipe!
1 Cup unbleached flour
2 Cups old fashioned oats
1/2 Cup Stevia or any other natural sugar
1/2 Cup natural or pure cane brown sugar
1 tsp organic Cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt, Himalayan preferred
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla, natural
1/2 cup butter, unsalted (softened)
1 medium egg, cage free
1/8 Cup natural applesauce
1 Cup apple, fresh (diced)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Dice the apples if not already done. You want small pieces here, about the size of a one dot Lego brick.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together. You can sift them if you have a sifter. You want to get any chunks out and mix everything together well. Fold the oats lightly into the dry mix.
- Cream together the butter and both sugars. Add the vanilla, egg, and applesauce to this mix.
- Gradually add the dry mix into the butter and sugar mixture. (Be careful not to wear it.) Carefully fold the apples into the final batter with a spatula.
- Place 1-inch dabs of dough 2 inches apart on your baking sheet. Bake until the edges are lightly browned. Usually, this is around 20 minutes. Of course, oven times will all vary slightly so keep an eye on them the first time you make them.
These cookies come out big and chewy so have a big glass of milk or some hot tea ready with them! In my opinion, they would be great as a breakfast cookie or an afternoon snack. Some believe that apples are a “fall only” treat, but actually I can and will eat them all year long.
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