Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Today I had to do some experimenting with cookie recipes. It was mine and my fiance's anniversary yesterday and I know how he loves cookies so I've been trying to come up with something that not only tastes good, but is a little on the healthier side too. We tend to eat way too many baked goods around here, but let's face it; who doesn't?
One of my absolute favorite past times is creating recipes and mixing different flavor combinations. I tend to make too many cookies, which is why I'm taking a healthier spin this time and I've truly come up with something special. Today, I decided to reach back to my childhood and grab inspiration from one of my most beloved snacks.
I think I have created the perfect combination for both of us. He loves oatmeal raisin cookies and I would prefer the classic peanut butter cookie. So today I have created peanut butter, and apple oatmeal raisin cookies. The best of both worlds in my opinion. They are gooey, soft, and have a blend of flavors not usually found in a single cookie. The apples are tender without being soggy and bring the flavors of peanut butter and raisin together beautifully.
If you love eating apples and peanut butter these cookies are for you. A childhood favorite turned into a delicious treat. Perfect for snacks these gooey soft cookies are sure to please your kids while being healthy too.
I love creating new cookie recipes from scratch and I've created a nostalgic favorite for sure! It hits all the right flavors and brings me back to my childhood. Peanut butter and apples were a common snack growing up and being able to create a cookie that encompases that brings back all the feels. Just thinking about this recipe makes my mouth water. Juciy tender apples, creamy peanut butter, and those rich raisins sprinkled with oats baked to perfection; it really doesn't get any better than that.
Did you enjoy apples and peanut butter as a child?
*Warning: Not all ovens cook the same and some ovens may not heat evenly. Check your cookies half way through baking and rotate the sheet if needed.
- 1/1/2 cups Flour
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt, (Just enough to bring out the flavors of the other ingredients)
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 3/4 cups Butter, (Equals a stick and a half of butter)
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 large Apple, (or 2 small ones) I use Granny Smith, I like the tartness.
- 1 cup Raisins, (Optional)
Baking with Apples:
These apples are perfect for using in cookies--Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. There are others but I prefer these. I have another apple cookie recipe with a table that offers options for great baking apples.
*Note: If you prefer to use dried apples, I would recommend using 1 cup of dried apples. Dried apples have just as much flavor as fresh and would not make a difference flavor wise. However, dried apples tend to have extra sugar, so I would take that into consideration if you decide to use dried over fresh apples.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat butter until fluffy. Add peanut butter and beat until well blended and fluffy.
- Add both sugars and beat until mixture is creamy. Add eggs until combined.
- Slowly add the flour mixture until everything is well combined.
- Fold in apples and raisins.
- Drop dough into balls on a baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies set and edges are golden brown.
These cookies are super easy to make and with added fruit and oats they are better for you than most cookies. If you are like me and do not like raisins you can easily omit them and substitute them with cranberries or blueberries. Both pair nicely with the apple, or you can simply leave them out completely.
The blend of flavors created in these cookies complement each other well and each flavor can be tasted without one single flavor overpowering an other. If you are in the need for a new cookie recipe this summer, or simply looking for a change this recipe is melt in your mouth delicious.
© 2012 Cholee Clay