Yes, you read that right. Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies, and they are as good as they sound.
Right now, I’m really turning my focus to more intentional eating and healthier meals. I’m always aware of what we eat and how I am teaching my children to nourish their bodies, but I’ve been more attuned to it lately as I am working on getting back to my pre-baby weight. That being said, as soon as I tell myself that something is off limits, I swear it is the only thing I can think about anymore. Does that happen to you?
In general, I wouldn’t say sugar is a real issue for me, but when I told myself that I wasn’t going to have dessert for a while, suddenly DESSERT IS EVERYWHERE. I’m dreaming about rice pudding, I’m thinking about pumpkin pie, I’m smelling cinnamon and sugar even when there’s none in sight. It’s absurd.
So, these cookies were an accident. I stopped by a store for fresh ginger and cilantro and was ambushed by a bag of caramel pieces. Before I even knew what was happening, I had a batch of the world’s best smelling Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies in the oven.
I think, perhaps, that October is a really terrible month to outlaw desserts. Pumpkins and Apples for heaven’s sake.
So, the new plan is to have dessert but only on Sunday. It’s a compromise I think I can live with right now. It’s kale and quinoa all week long, but on Sunday I can enjoy a one serving homemade treat . . . pumpkins and apples please! I’m finding that when I know I have something indulgent to look forward to on the weekend, I don’t need to think about sugar all the time anymore. It’s a working plan right now.
These cookies, by the way, are the best kind of treat to look forward to. Made with real apples, caramel pieces, cinnamon chips, and oatmeal, these cookies are super soft, chewy, and moist. I used my Grandpa Parley’s family famous oatmeal cookie recipe as a base and they turned into a cookie that even a cookie connoisseur like Grandpa would thoroughly enjoy. If he were here, he’d be proud I’m sure.
So, that’s one good cookie. I feel better now. Back to the whole grains and vegetables.
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup Kraft Caramel Pieces
- ½ cup mini cinnamon chips
- 2 small gala apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl or standing mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. While mixing, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir in the caramel, apples, and cinnamon chips. Make sure the apples, caramels, and chips are evenly distributed (if they clump up in the cookies, the cookies won't cook evenly).
- Place golf ball sized scoops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies are golden brown. Let rest for a minute or two on baking sheet before removing to wire rack to cool.