The caramel apple. Pretty much the most amazing fall dessert ever. Also pretty much the most challenging to eat fall dessert ever. And, if you were anything like me, you only wanted to eat the bites of the apple with the caramel on it. Then you had a whole apple middle that was, let's face it, not dessert at all, just fruit on a stick.
Enter: caramel apple cookies. With oatmeal and whole wheat flour for extra goodness.
Confession time: I ran out of oatmeal and ended up using about 1 1/2 cups of Trader Joe's Organic Multigrain Hot Cereal. They were awesome anyway.
Whole Wheat Caramel Apple Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 cups oatmeal (or whole grain breakfast cereal)
- 1 cup chopped apples
- 12 chopped caramels
In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Slowly mix in flour. Fold in oatmeal, chopped apples, and caramels. Take care with the caramels. If they all are stuck together, be sure to break them up so that all of the cookies have delicious caramelly bits.
On a greased or parchment lined baking sheet, plop tablespoonfuls of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy.