Today’s theme for the Food Network series that I participate in is the first for this season’s ‘Fall Fest.’ I have to be pulled into Fall kicking and screaming ‘I’m not READY!’ because I just hate to see the end of summer. Still I wouldn’t be sharing these Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies that are perfect for Fall if I wasn’t starting to slide that direction.
The theme today is ‘Kid Friendly‘ and I’m probably the only one of the group that doesn’t have any kiddos still living at home so you might think it would be a huge stretch for me. Still, if you know me than you know my house is an open door for the neighbor kids so I’m always thinking kid friendly!
I took one of my all-time favorite treats as a kid when my mom would slather some peanut butter on apple slices and transformed it into a cookie. Did it work? Well, it’s the morning after and they’re almost all gone if that says anything. I combined chunky peanut butter with oatmeal cookies and included diced apple pieces in the mix.
So moist and chewy and nutty and wonderful; it really did take me back to a simpler time. Kids on the street and bike races without helmets and “King of the Hill’ and our favorite, Flashlight Tag. I grew up in Missouri in a suburb of St. Louis so not only was Flashlight Tag a fun nighttime game but now a sweet reminder of how our flashlights completed only with lightning bugs; something that doesn’t visit our high altitude Colorado home. Ahhh…sweet memories.
You don’t need to love peanut butter apples like I do to enjoy these Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies. Just a word of caution. They are super moist and chewy and have the potential to crumble just a bit. No one here noticed; they were too busy gobbling them up, crumbs and all!
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (or creamy if you prefer)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 apple, peel removed and cut into 1/4 inch dice
- Cinnamon Sugar - 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1-2 Tbsp of cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugars together until smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and mix again until smooth.
- Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Add the flour mixture and oatmeal and mix just until combined. Stir in the diced apples.
- Scoop the dough into walnut size balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 11-14 minutes total, removing from the oven halfway to sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Rotate pans and continue baking until light golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
These are soft cookies and super moist because of the apples. I let them sit out overnight to firm up but they are also so good so eat immediately at your own risk, you might have some crumbles!
Need more Kid Friendly ideas…here you go!
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- Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies (You’re Here!)
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- The Mom 100: Tomato-Orzo Dill Soup
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- Taste with the Eyes: Black Bean Spaghetti Caterpillar For Kids
- In Jennie’s Kitchen: Kale Sushi Rice Bowls
- Swing Eats: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies (Gluten-Free & Flourless)
- FN Dish: Our Favorite A+ Afterschool Snacks