Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies with Carob Chips

Yesterday I treated myself to a lot of things, including “mint chip yogurt” from Bruster’s.

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And instead of eating a real dinner, I snacked all evening and made “Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies with Carob Chips” for dessert.

*I modified a recipe I found in the Simply Organic cookbook Susanne and Caroline got me for my bday in August!*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole grain pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup carob chips (optional…you can also sub chocolate chips)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  (I had a hard time finding pastry flour because it wasn’t with regular flour in our grocery store…I came across it at a health food store, then saw it with the organic stuff in our regular grocery after the fact) *If you have questions about flour, check out this post on Joy of Baking – she gives an awesome explanation of the different kinds

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  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

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  • Add the egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract.

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  • Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
  • With a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, raisins, and carob chips, if using.

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  • Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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  • Enjoy!

These cookies are moist and chewy, with a little bit of crunch thanks to the carob chips.  I will definitely be trying these again with different mix-ins.

—-> I have to pause at this point and take the time to show a little appreciation to our ancient baking tools that have joined us from the 1970′s because they will be retiring sometime around April 21st.  I do have to give them credit because they still get the job done!

A lovely sifter…

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And a classic GE Electric Mixer that bares an uncanny resemblance to an iron…

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with a plug who’s prongs are the same size (you know how nowadays one is bigger than the other?)…

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By the way, I also enjoyed one of these cookies for breakfast this morning.  :)

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Now we are off to Charlotte to see John’s sister and her husband…hope you have an AWESOME Saturday! Going to hit the road…tootles!!!

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