Apple Spice Caramel Cookies09:00
One thing about Autumn that I love, is the smell of the spices! Seriously, who doesn't love cinnamon or apple pies or ... pumpkin spiced things (which I've never tried I must admit). Everything is just so warming and makes you want to curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea, the fire on and watch a good old film.
My dad use to work in a village with many farms and people with large gardens and when it got to this time of year residents always had trees full of apples, more specifically cooking apples. Quite often, they kindly allowed me and my dad to go apple picking as they couldn't use all of them or just gave them to him. Of course this left us with lots of apples so apple pies, crumbles, upside down cakes, you name it Autumn was the season of baked apples galore.
I've always loved my mum's apple crumbles, they were a childhood favourite of mine. It was one of the best feelings coming home from 'playing out', or doing whatever 10 year old me did, and smelling an apple crumble baking in the oven ready for dessert (I'm getting so hungry just thinking about it).
I enjoy baking with apples myself, but buying cooking apples is not always something I remember...well luckily my uni house has 2 apple trees in the back garden. How cool is that for a student house! And we didn't even realise till we had moved in. So you guessed it, I've been utilising the free access to cooking apples and been baking good old apple crumbles, but also have been experimenting with different recipes.
Using apple sauce, in replacement of butter, lowers the fat of the baked goods considerably. Plus, I actually think it tastes pretty darn good. Apple sauce is so simple to make, just peel and chop some cooking apples, place them in a pan with some boiling water (start off with less because you can always add more but can't take it away) and simmer on a low heat till the apple has broken down. If i'm using the apple sauce in baking I usually don't add anything to it but if I'm going to store it in the fridge to use for porridge then I'll add a drop of lemon, spoonful or two of sugar and then some spices.
This recipe is super easy, seriously, it can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, if you have some apple sauce to hand. Once it's in the oven, it makes the house smell so good! But once they're baked, devouring one fresh is so satisfying. The sugar creates a delicious caramel flavour that goes perfectly with the fall spices.
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup Packed molasses sugar
- 1/4 cup Caster sugar
- 1/2 cup Apple sauce
- 1/4 cup Sultanas
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
- 1/3 tsp Nutmeg