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Apple Cookies with Oatmeal & Caramel

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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.

After receiving a box of the new Piñata Apples from Stemilt Growers last week as part of the Walmart Moms program, I knew right away I wanted to bake up a batch of Apple Oatmeal Cookies.

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.

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Apple Cookies with Oatmeal & Caramel
 
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Soft cookies with chunks of apple, oatmeal and caramel. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 sticks {1½ cups} butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4½ cups quick oats
  • 2 Apples {about 2 cups} peeled and chopped
  • 1 bag {11 oz} Kraft Caramel Bits, optional
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside
  2. In a VERY large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until fluffy and light, about 2 minutes
  3. Add eggs, one a time, mixing well after each addition
  4. Add vanilla, mix well
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients, and mix just until incorporated
  6. Stir in oatmeal
  7. Peel and chop apple, stir into batter
  8. Add Caramel Bits {optional} and stir in
  9. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour - I left mine in overnight and they were fine
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  11. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  12. Using a regular ice cream scoop, scoop out dough. You may need to roll in your hands to form a ball, flatten slightly before baking.
  13. Bake about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown

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Recipe adapted from Sophistimom

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation and product for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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