I was hit this weekend with the desire to bake! It is likely because the weather forecast showed me low temperatures and a chance of rain for Sunday. Sounds like perfect cookie baking weather! I was so proud of myself too, because I remembered to take the butter out of the fridge the night before 🙂 It really is the small things!
As you know, when I think of baking cookies, my go-to recipe book is Mrs. Fields. She never disappoints! The cookies always turn out perfect. When I am reading through all the options, I know exactly when I am going to get, as there is a picture with each recipe. It should be mandatory that every recipe comes with a picture. Hasn’t it been said that we eat with our eyes…
I originally thought about making a chocolate chip cookie, but to my shock, I didn’t have any chocolate chips in the pantry. I was +1 with the butter but now I am -1 for the chocolate chips 😦 but I am not the type of person to let the lack chocolate prohibit me from baking. With flour, butter, white and brown sugar in my pantry, I can still have cookie baking success!
So, as I was flipping through my faithful cookbook, I came across a recipe for Applesauce Oaties. Now, the original recipe called for chocolate chips, but when I was reading the rest of the ingredients, I felt I could easily omit the chocolate and the cookies wouldn’t be lacking. In fact, when I reviewed the ingredient list again, I thought that these would be a great breakfast cookie!
Key items in this cookie are: granola, applesauce, raisins and walnuts. See, you don’t really need the chocolate chips. Although, I am sure I would have enjoyed snacking on them while the cookies were baking 😉
So, I whipped up all the ingredients, had a sample (or two) of the cookie dough and baked up these cookies. The scent of cinnamon and nutmeg was in every room of our apartment while these were baking. Yum!
A quick sample of these cookies and I realized that I had a new go-to recipe for an Oatmeal Raisin cookie. Now, the question is whether or not I will have enough to bring into work tomorrow so I can share 😉
Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever! – Applesauce Oaties
- 1 1/4 cups quick oats
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Mix well and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine sugars. Add in butter and beat together to form a grainy paste. Add in egg and applesauce and blend until smooth.
- Add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
- Drop dough onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12 – 14 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire cooling rack.
- Wait at least 5 minutes before sampling, if you can 🙂