We have two eating apple trees in our garden. The fruits are odd sizes, slightly misshapen but are tasty and perfect for baking with.
These ultimate autumn eats have a chewy peanut taste with chunks of crisp, fresh apple that add texture to the cookies.
They are a perfect after school snack, warm with ice cream as dessert or to munch on for a quick breakfast with a big mug of green tea.
Preparation time is around 15 minutes, or 25 if you have small hands ‘helping’ you.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and rub over with a little bit of butter to avoid the mixture sticking.
- 120 grams plain sifted flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 130 grams room temperature unsalted butter
- 100 grams granulated sugar
- 100 grams light brown sugar
- 200 grams smooth peanut butter without
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 120-150 grams of old fashioned oats
- 1 small diced apple, skin removed
A simple, quick recipe that does not make too much mess or washing up!
Combine together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars. Creaming is blending ingredients to form a smooth paste. I beat it with a fork instead of going to the gym and doing weights, OR you can use an electric whisk.
LICK THE SPOON!
Incorporate the peanut butter and mix again until smooth. Beat the egg then add to the mixture. Add the vanilla extract.
If you have an electric mix put the setting on low and add in the flour. If adding by hand do not over mix. Stir in the oats. I bought toasted oats that I can use spare for porridge for breakfast. Peel apples and cut up finely – fold in the diced apples.
Golden delicious are sweet, juicy and my best all-purpose apple. Go granny smith if you want a more ‘tart’ choice.
I diced up the apples finely. You still want them to have shape and crunch. But if they are too large chunks the mixture will be trickier to shape. Fold in the apple well to get an even distribution.
Apple holds a lot of moisture so once they have been added cook the mixture, don’t leave to chill for more than 30 mins as the shape will not hold. Also the apples can brown and go mushy.
Spoon tablespoon size cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Press down the mixture gently with fingers or back of spoon to encourage spread. Leave an inch or so gap between cookies or they will all blend into one.
WARNING: Sticky mixture, don’t get it in your hair. Also if you have spare mixture you can use it to grout the bathroom…
Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cookies just begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely otherwise they may break.
If you want to tweak the recipe try wholemeal flour. If you want to go sweeter add chocolate chips. You can also add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon for more of a festive taste!
If you like this recipe check out our Easy Make Crumbly Cookie Cakes.