Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Breakfast Cookies: Apple Oatmeal Cookies


An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

You've probably heard that a million of times and most of the time have disregarded. Ever since I've read about maintaining your sound health with fresh fruits, apples have always been on my list, well of course after mango and strawberry.

So yeah, I guess I've grown to live up with those words.  Today, I wasn't in the mood of juicing, though I have  a basketful of red juicy apples.  Instead, I have strewn pieces of it on my oatmeal cookies.

I could have sworn that this recipe is my invention but NO, I just pulled it out of my good old cookie recipe book.

Below is the easy to do breakfast cookie recipe hyphened with the sacharine and tarty apples and raisins. Enjoy!

Cookies:

2 1/2 cups al-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (1 medium lemon)
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) salted butter, softened
1 large egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup honey
1 cup fresh apple, peeled and finely chopped (1 medium apple)
6 ounces raisins (about 1 cup)

Topping:
½ cup oats
Yield:  Will make about 4 dozens

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 300 *F

2. In medium bowl combine flour, oats, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves and lemon zest.  Mix well with wire whisk. Set aside.

3. Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer.  Add egg, applesauce and honey and beat at medium speed until smooth.

4. Add flour mixture, fresh apple and raisins, and blend at low speed until just combined.  Do not overmix.  Dough will be quite soft.

5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.  1 ½ inches apart.  If you wish, sprinkle the cookies with oats.  Bake for 18  to 22 minutes or until bottoms are golden.

How easy was that!

Oh, just so you know, we didn't just ate this for breakfast, we had it for dessert with ice cream and caramel, for late-afternoon and midnight snacking and just about anytime I craved for somerhing sweet.

What's best about this is that no table sugar was used.  The apple, together with half a jar of the apple sauce and honey sweetened the cookie batter and it was perfect!

Do let me know if you've tried the recipe, will you?



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