Loaded Holiday Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oh the weather outside is frightful! (15 inches of snow!) But the cookies are so delightful. And since we’ve no place to go, bake the cookies, eat the cookies, let it snow! (and eat the cookies some more) 

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15 inches of snow means it’s time to turn on the oven and bake up some holiday cheer! We sang along with Bing Crosby and made these delightful loaded holiday apple oatmeal raisin cookies with toasted walnuts and sweetened with maple syrup. That is holiday cheer in the form of a cookie.  

 

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Norwegian Babushka agrees. She devoured a few…or was that us?

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So as you are warm and cozy inside your home and avoiding shoveling your driveway, (because really, what is the point of shoveling if you have an amazing neighbor who will do it for you if you wait just long enough?) make some cookies for yourself…and to share with your kind neighbor.

Happy snow. Happy double dipping!

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Recipe

Makes 13 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ rolled oats
  • ¾ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup apple sauce (or 1 medium apple)*
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup

*We made our own apple sauce. See below for method.

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Peel and chop apple, and sprinkle with cinnamon. In a medium sauce pan over low heat, simmer apple slices until soft. Place in food processor (or blender) and process until smooth, leaving some chunks.
  3. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium bowl combine wet ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  6. Using a spoon (or your hands), form dough into 13 round balls and place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake in oven for 14-15 minutes.
  8. Serve with holiday spirit and enjoy!
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