In the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, I thought I’d share one of my favorite apple-themed recipes.  In the Jewish tradition, apples are served with honey to symbolize a sweet new year.  While this recipe doesn’t contain honey, it remains sweet and delicious!

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

(adapted from Cooking Light)

 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup grandulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

6 tablespoon unsalted dairy-free butter, softened

2 tsp vanilla extract

Substitute for 1 large egg:  my suggestion for this recipe: 1/4 cup of applesauce

3/4 cup finely chopped dried apple slices

3/4 cup caramel bits or 16 small soft caramel candies, chopped

  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife.  Combine flour and next four ingredients (through salt) in a bowl and stir well.

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

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

 

Yields 4 dozen cookies.

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