It seems like I have been about all things apple this fall. We did buy a 36 lb. box of apples recently, but I can’t completely blame my tendencies on that since we bought a large box of apples last year as well. Nonetheless, apples make WONDERFUL desserts in my opinion, so I’m not complaining.
Being able to make these cookies was a great surprise. I saw this recipe a couple of weeks ago here on Two Peas and Their Pod and had been on a hunt for the elusive Hershey’s cinnamon chips ever since. I even had called my mother to see if she could find any back in my home town. No cinnamon chips. Well, the other day I stopped by a grocery store that I don’t usually go to because I needed to make apple bars for my husband to take on his “man trip” but had no eggs at home. I decided to swing down the baking isle to check for the chips, “just in case.” Sure enough, there they were. Three bags later I had supplies to make my cookies (don’t worry – only 1 bag was used in the cookies). In addition to finding the cinnamon chips, this is my 50th blog post (woohoo!), so this is just a good post overall!!
Look at all the chunks of apple in the dough! Yummy!
I did use quick cooking oats in the cookies. It’s all I had in the house. They worked fine, but I did need to add maybe another 1/2 c. to make the dough a little less sticky. This is definately not dough that you can roll into balls in your hands. Use a spoon or a scoop and don’t worry. The cookies will turn out fine!
The chips weren’t much by themselves (yes, I did eat a few out of the bag), but they were amazing in the cookeis! My husband is on rotation out of town for the next 2 weeks still, so I brough these to school the next day to share with my classmates. If nothing else, I thought I could bring the rest to work for them to enjoy there. Unfortunately, my co-workers didn’t get to try any because my classmates ate them all. Oh well, just an excuse to make them again =-) Now that I have the chips, I’m going to have to make all the other recipes I have been filing… cinnamon chip snickerdoodle bars here I come!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies– adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
2-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
8 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 tart apples, diced and unpeeled
2-1/2 c. oats (add 1/2 c. if using quick cooking)
1 bag Hershey’s cinnamon chips
Preheat the oven 350 degrees. In a large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined. Set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine the butters and sugar until smooth. Add in the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir by hand until just combined. Do not over mix. Stir in oats and cinnamon chips.
Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet. Place the cookies 2-inches apart. Bake for 10-12 mintues. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes. When set, transfer them to a cooling rack.