I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies with Homemade Cinnamon Chips
A few weekends ago our family had the funnest day going apple picking at an orchard nearby. We rode a haywagon, tasted some delicious apple fritters and danced to the music playing on the nearby stage. It really doesn't get better then that, does it? But since then I have been doing everything I can to use up our entire box of apples so they don't go to waste.
I saw this recipe on Maria's blog at Two Peas and Their Pod. I am such a fan of Maria's food, I'm always so excited to try her recipes. The only downside to these cookies was that I could not find cinnamon chips, ANYWHERE! I was just about to admit defeat until my genius friend Alissa gave me the idea of making my own. All is takes is melting white chocolate bark or candy chips with a whole bunch of cinnamon and piping them in the shape of chips. The only think I would do different is add more cinnamon for some stronger tasting chips, but otherwise they were so fun, and just delicious in the cookies!
Homemade Cinnamon Chips
1 bag of Wilton White Chocolate Melts (or almond bark) Ground cinnamon, to your taste (I used 3-4 tablespoons)
Melt White Chocolate. Add cinnamon to desired taste and mix thoroughly. Fill piping bag, or ziplock bag with snipped tip. On wax paper, pipe small chips using a circular motion. Allow at least a half hour to dry and cool. Store in a cool, dry place.
I don't think I'll ever declare a favorite cookie, but these definitely go in my top ten, they're like an apple pie in cookie form, and they make your house smell like heaven!
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt Pinch of fresh nutmeg Pinch of all spice 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 4 T unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup applesauce 1 apple, diced (I used Granny Smith) 1 1/4 cup oats-not quick cooking 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined.
3. In the bowl of a mixer combine the butter and sugars until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
4. With the mixer on low, add in the applesauce and diced apple. Mix until well combined.
5. On low, slowly add in the flour mixture. Don't over mix. Mix just until the flour mixture disappears.
6. Stir in the oats and cinnamon chips. Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. Place the cookies 2 inches apart.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes. When set, transfer them to a cooling rack.