It is apple season in Washington State. Red delicious, golden delicious, cameo, granny smith, pink lady, jonagold, braeburn, fugi, gala... with so many varieties, it's no wonder that apples are the state fruit. The majority come from the 185,000 acres of orchards nestled in the eastern foothills of the picturesque Cascade
I have the luxury of Washington apples grown even closer to home*.
*Closer to my mom's house in Poulsbo, WA, where I'm visiting currently.
The apple in my cookies traveled approximately 15 feet from tree to kitchen. (How's that for eating local?!?) It grew on the Gravenstein tree in my mom's front yard.
This was a true kitchen experiment, where I mixed and matched ingredients that sounded like they would go together, with hopes of getting something that would hold together and taste good in the end.
I'm going to count the endeavor a success. Because there's no cane sugar, these don't have the sugary-sweet taste of typical American baked goods. I think this makes the flavors of the peanut butter, apple, and oats stand out more. I'd recommend enjoying a warm cookie or two with a cool glass of milk.
Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. natural peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt*
1 large apple, peeled and grated
*Reduce salt if the peanut butter you're using contains salt.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place rack in top 1/3 of oven.
Combine coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to wet. Stir to combine. Fold in apple.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoon 2" apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden, flattening with a fork after the first 3-4 minutes.
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