When life hands you a good dose of ‘real’ – you should stop everything and make cookies. Then, really, you should curl up with your favorite blanket, a rom com movie, a hot cup of chai tea and a plate of cookies.
I have been baking these cookies for at least a year now. I love this recipe from Joy the Baker..because it is so quick and easy. With every bite of this cookie, the most picturesque perfectly cool fall day, where the sun is shining through the gorgeous leaves…do you know this type of day I am talking about? These cookies capture this day. The most perfect day…in my mind.
These cookies have all of the basics that most cookies have – butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, eggs. As with most cookie recipes you cream together the butter, sugars, and eventually, the eggs. Note: I cut the sugar amounts in half. My cookies were a bit fluffier yet so soft and light on the inside….it reminds me of my favorite oatmeal with apples, nuts and cinnamon-y goodness. I think if you added all of the sugars you would have a flatter, golden brown crunchy edges and with almost a toffee-like inside from the brown sugar.
Add in the dry goods…and oats and spices!
Chop up an apple and some pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoon…or cookie scoop…onto a parchment lined baking pan.
Bake it up….and serve it to anyone who stops by.
Nephew approved. (Hat and helicopter, optional.)
- Recipe adapted slightly from Joy the Baker
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup oats, old fashioned or quick cooking
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- generous pinch fresh grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- 1 medium apple, peeled, diced small (pink lady works well)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350* and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl placed the diced apple and combine with the teaspoon of lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and set aside. In the bowl of your mixer combine the stick of butter and sugars and mix until light and fluffy - about 2-3 minutes. To this add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated. Add in the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together and the flour is just mixed in. Stir in the apples and pecans and mix to combine. Drop by tablespoon full onto the parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 10 - 13 minutes until done.
- *Note: I reduced the sugars by half in this recipe. To make a flatter, chewier cookie go ahead and add in an extra 1/4 cup of white and brown sugar. I prefer the cake-type texture of the reduced sugar cookie. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!