I've been kind of obsessed with brown sugar and raisin oatmeal since the weather cooled down, I think I've eaten a bowl everyday the last few weeks. So when I stumbled on a recipe for a spiced applesauce oatmeal cookie, studded with raisins, I did one of these:
Totally up my alley. Plus, I finally got a cookie jar so I can stop storing the dozens of cookies I make in a giant tupperware. So I played around and made a version of the applesauce oatmeal cookies.
Spiced Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies
INGREDIENTS:* 1 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 egg
* 3/4 cup applesauce
* 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
* 1 cup raisins
DIRECTIONS:1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. In a medium bowl, stir together the quick oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla and applesauce. Stir the oatmeal mixture into the batter until well blended then fold in the chocolate chips and raisins. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
My batter came out a bit thin for cookie dough but I baked a test cookie and it came out fine so I didn't add any more flour. Making up recipes and making batches of test cookies is a great way to kill time when you have to take an online test you really don't want to take while still feeling productive. I love baking. Plus, the test was on nutrition so I was actively... baking... and... making something.... with questionable nutritional content. Actually, these are pretty harmless for cookies, not that much butter and I threw in some whole wheat flour. Whole grains! They're practically health food.
Sorta. Not really.
Anyways, I really liked these, they're delicately apple-y, lightly sweet and soft. Nice and oat-ey and packed with spicy goodness. If you're not into cinnamon and nutmeg, you'll probably have to cut that down. Next time, I'll leave out the chocolate chips, I think they muddled up the spicy flavor. I think I'll also add a chopped apple. If you like nuts, they probably would be good in here too, but I prefer my cookies nut-less. I'm sure there's a good pun that could be inserted here, suggest away.
Strange fact: I have total self control over most things and can ignore the cookies, muffins, and cupcakes I make and eat a reasonable amount of them. But I am unstoppable when it comes to dried fruit, put a container of raisins (or dried cherries, oh my god, I love dried cherries) in front of me and I black out for an hour and wake up an hour later with an empty box and an intense stomach ache. What's up with that? I had to measure out the raisins and then shove them to the back of the cupboard so I wouldn't eat them all. I guess I could have worse problems, raisin-binging is probably low on the list of unhealthy disorders.
In school news, it's nearing finals time, I don't know when that happened. I would warn you that I would be cutting down on my baking but let's be honest, it's not going to happen. I think since the blog is titled The Cupcake Life, I should bake cupcakes minimum once a month. It would almost be dishonest not to, right? Let's find ways to justify my baking habit. So cupcakes are coming this month, plus probably a few more batches cookies, we'll see what I'm in the mood for.
And Christmas! I am so pumped for Christmas. There are Christmas ringtones on my iPhone, Christmas presents ordered, I am READY. And I am planning on making some awesome things over break for friends and family which will probably kill me. But if they don't, they will be AMAZING. It's a surprise though. That way, if I totally screw it up I can pretend it never happened.
Ta ta for now!