When I think of apples, the first thing I think of is caramel. One of my favorite treats growing up when we went to the County Fair, were Caramel Apples, so adding Caramel to this recipe for Apple Cookies came naturally to me.
I was a little surprised to be receiving apples this time of year, usually I think of them during the Fall. But the Piñata Apples are actually at their prime right now. Stemilt harvests Piñata Apples in mid-October and because the flavors intensify in cold storage, they pack and ship the apples in January. The Piñata Apples are available in Walmart stores nationwide in February.
With their stripy red over an orange background, Piñata Apples are crisp and juicy and have a classic apple flavor with a tropical twist. The unique heritage gives the Piñata Apples versatility, they are excellent for eating and also adapt well to cooking temperature, making them great for both baking and poaching.
I added Kraft Caramel Bits to some of the Apple Oatmeal Cookies, but they were delicious without also. And we had plenty to try, this recipe made a huge amount of dough, so be sure to get out your largest bowl you have before you start mixing.
The first batch I baked using the regular size cookie dough scoop, but then quickly realized these cookies would be best rolled in large golf ball size. The large chunks of apples and oatmeal made them nice and soft.
Recipe adapted from Sophistimom
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