This is Day Six in a 9 day series featuring apples. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series!
Our older sister Rebecca shared the recipe for these yummy apple cookies with us. She wouldn’t share the cookies. Just the recipe. And only after we begged. Since they have a cake mix base, they are super easy to throw together, and they taste just like fall!
We mix quick oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon into the dry cake mix. Then we add an applesauce/chopped apple mixture to the dry ingredients, stir it up, and bake them! Here is a more specific look at each step. 🙂
Begin by pouring the dry cake mix into a large bowl. You will not be following the directions on the back of the box. Just this once, you can rebel!! 😉
Measure the quick-cooking oats…
…the brown sugar…
and the cinnamon…
and add them all to the bowl of dry cake mix.
Such lovely shades of brown and cream!
Combine the dry ingredients thoroughly.
It’s okay if there are some lumps of brown sugar or cake mix. Actually, if you see lumps of brown sugar, pick them out and eat them. They taste fantastic! ❤
Measure the applesauce. We used homemade chunky applesauce, because that was what we had on hand. It was already sweetened, but unsweetened applesauce would have been a better choice: fewer calories and a bit less sweetness in the cookies!
Peel an apple (or two, depending on the size) and chop it finely.
Place the applesauce…
…and the chopped apple in a small bowl.
Mix them together.
Then add the apple mixture to the dry ingredients. At this point, the original recipe calls for raisins, but we skipped them. You can, too, if you wish.
Stir it up until all the dry ingredients have been completely incorporated into the wet. Or vice versa. It might seem hopelessly dry, but keep stirring. You would regret adding too much moisture.
A spatula is helpful at this point. Just keep mixing it by hand like that.
Grab a spoon and sample a bit of the cookie dough.
Invert the spoon and sample some cookie dough using the spoon’s handle.
Then bend the spoon in half and use the middle part to sample the dough again.
Spoon the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. You can make tiny cookies for lower calorie servings, or big ones. Because this recipe uses oatmeal, the cookies are quite satisfying. We used a small tablespoon size and got average-size cookies.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 12-14 minutes.
And here is the full recipe!
Apple Oatmeal Cookies
1 package (18 1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup finely chopped peeled apple
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine the applesauce, apple, and raisins (if desired). Stir into oats mixture and mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
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