Sunday, November 23, 2014

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Caramel... Apple... Oatmeal... all in a delicious low-fat, low-calorie cookie?! Yes, they do exist. These Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet. 


If you like chewy oatmeal cookies, these Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies are the cookie for you. The little bits of caramel and dried apple give these oatmeal cookies an extra chewy factor! 


I found this fun recipe in the CookingLight.com 'under 100-calorie cookie' recipes. I then decided to reduce the sugar EVEN more since the cookies are loaded with sweet caramel and dried apple... 


Seriously, you would never know this is a low-fat, low-calorie cookie. These Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies are super chewy and delicious. They are great fall-inspired, guilt-free cookie! 

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
based on a recipe by myrecipes.com
makes about 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup finely chopped dried apple slices
3/4 cup caramel bits or 16 small soft caramel candies, chopped

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a bowl; stir well.

3. Place sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture; beat at low speed until just combined. Fold in apple and caramel bits.


4. Drop dough by 2 teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten balls slightly with hand. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.


The caramel bits can be hot and sticky when they come out of the oven... be careful!


Yum, I just want to eat them ALL!!!!!

The apple flavor is very mild, I think the apple bits mostly just add to the chewiness of the cookie. Might be interesting to try this recipe with fresh chopped apple to see if there's a difference?

- Janel

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