Yesterday I treated myself to a lot of things, including “mint chip yogurt” from Bruster’s.
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!*
- 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)
- 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
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
- Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
- With a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, raisins, and carob chips, if using.
- Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
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…
And a classic GE Electric Mixer that bares an uncanny resemblance to an iron…
with a plug who’s prongs are the same size (you know how nowadays one is bigger than the other?)…
By the way, I also enjoyed one of these cookies for breakfast this morning.
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!!!