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!!!