I love everything about oatmeal cookies. I love their flavor, their texture, their little bit of spice, but I HATE their usual filling. Raisins. I hate raisins with a passion. I hate their shriveled, chewy texture, but mostly I hate that they sometimes trick me into thinking they’re chocolate chips. Biggest let down of my life. Never fear all my fellow raisin haters! I have solved the raisin/chocolate chip dilemma! For this week’s Sunday is For Baking recipe I present to you…
Apple oatmeal cookies! Not only do these cookies taste like the best apple pie of your life in cookie form, they are guaranteed to eliminate any fear that there might be a sneaky raisin hiding inside the delicious oatmeal cookie.
Peel, core, and dice one medium apple. You should end up with about 1 cup of apple pieces.
In a bowl, mix together flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.
Add in and egg and vanilla extract. Cream everything together until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix everything together with a spoon or spatula until just combined.
Add in old-fashioned oats and the apple pieces.
Stir everything together until it’s mixed thoroughly.
The dough will need to chill for at least 30 minutes. This will help the cookies bake up light and fluffy.
If you plan to bake all of the cookies at once, feel free to simply cover the mixing bowl and pop it in the fridge.
Personally, I prefer to bake the cookies as we need them so that we always have warm, freshly baked cookies for dessert. Because of this, I roll the dough into a log before putting it in the fridge so that I can just slice off cookie sized discs as I need them.
To do this, lay out a piece of saran wrap and spoon the dough out into a rough log shape.
Then, wrap the saran around the log of dough and use your hands to squeeze and shape the dough into a more even log shape.
When I’m ready to bake, I unwrap the dough and slice off half inch pieces.
To bake, place the cookies 3 to 4 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes. Baking times will vary based on your oven and the cookie size.
The cookies are finished when the edges are golden brown and the middle is set.
Move the cookies to a rack to cool.
Oh man, I love these cookies. They are a delicious take on an old favorite.
The cookie is soft and fluffy and the apples are perfectly tender with just a hint of crunch. So yummy!
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced (should be about 1 cup of pieces)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla and cream until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Stir in the dry ingredients until the mixture is just combined.
Add in the oats and apple pieces and mix.
Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
To bake, place the dough 3 to 4 inches apart on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The cookies are finished when the edges are golden brown and the center is completely set.