Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Apple Oat Breakfast Cookies {& Petite Chef Printable}

Um, Fall, is that you? September is here, but we've had our warmest summer weather here in Santa Barbara over the last week or so, and we're still enjoying summer's giant heirloom tomatoes blueberries, and zucchini. I haven't even worn my white jeans jet! At the same time, there are a few leaves that have turned red in our front yard, my daughter has started a new year of school, and we're  getting excited about fall baking and decorating. What a confusing time! When do you switch from summer to fall mode?
              

To celebrate the first week back at school we baked with a favorite fall ingredient: apples. This is a simple recipe that makes a special treat for breakfast, snack, or dessert. I think you could make this even more wholesome by adding some flax seeds or substituting some whole wheat flour. Next time I'll try replacing some of the butter with applesauce! To make these more of a treat, drizzle with melted white chocolate. Yum!  I so cannot wait to go apple picking in Santa Ynez.

Even Cookie the chicken wants one.

For those of you with kiddos, I made a kiddie printable "recipe". Have your petite chef trace the letters and color the pictures depending on their age.  Or just read them the ingredients and have your child check them off as you go. My daughter is 4 and interested in learning phonics at the moment so we sounded out the words and traced the letters. Click here to print your copy.




Apple Oat Breakfast Cookies
printer friendly recipe
makes about 10 cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup milk
1 egg, beaten to blend
1 cup fresh apples, diced   

Turbinado sugar for sprinkling (I highly recommend it for a nice sweet crunch!)
 

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Mix together butter, milk and egg in another bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Mix in apples. Scoop heaping tablespoon balls of dough and place on cookie sheet a few inches apart.  Gently flatten. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake until light brown, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly on rack.



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27 comments:

  1. That brings me right back to my childhood. I had a whole cook-book like that, and made everything in it with my dad's supervision. He was the chef in our house. I love your photo with the hen. I would blow it up, frame it and hang it in the kitchen!

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  2. Looks yummy! So looking forward to taking the girls apple picking as well!

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  3. What a delicious recipe. Your photos always take me away for a few moments they are always fantastic! Hope you are doing well!

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  4. You truly amaze me!! These are my favorite pics of yours! Great recipe, Fall recipes are the best! I love the pic of your little one with the sign. So precious!

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  5. These are such a great idea. Fantastic and I can't wait to start cooking and baking with apples. I hope to get some from our market in the next few weeks. Love the pictures and your little girl is ADORABLE!

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  6. These look so fall! They are putting me in the mood for it too ;) Can't wait to try these out!

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  7. These look fantastic!!! I am eager for fall too...it is still SO hot here but this morning gave a small hint of a cooler morning. We really don't get much of a "traditional" fall in CA. BOO! Thanks for the great recipe... I can't wait to go apple picking too!!! :)

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  8. These look lovely and I just love that photo with the chicken eyeing those cookies. I'd watch out if I were you. Looks like you've got some competition for these treats.

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  9. I was just in SB last weekend. I Need to come visit you next time :) Those cookies look amazing!

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  10. These look great for back to school lunchboxes.Must give this recipe a try!
    ~Anne

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  11. Apple cookies sound just delicious! And cookies for breakfast... even better!

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  12. Lovely post. I switch from summer to fall mode September 1. It is apple time in the Carolinas and we have a wonderful scone recipe this week. Come over and check it out.

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  13. Marina these look great and I love the printable kid friendly recipe.

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  14. Eliza6:31 PM

    Love the kid-friendly recipe! I have 4-yr old and 2-yr old daughters, and they will both love making this with me...not to mention that this will be a super easy breakfast for pre-school days. Love your blog!

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  15. Yum! I just pinned these to Pinterest so that I can remember to make them!! Have you tried them with whole wheat flour?

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  16. Amazing pics! These sound so yummy! Mmm

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  17. Cookies for breakfast sounds GOOD to me!!! I love apple-picking! What a darling "first day of school" photo:)

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  18. Her first day, isn't she darling! I like how chic the barrel was tipped over to pour out all that goodness!

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  19. Just made these, and they were AWESOME! I used all whole wheat, and instead of 1/2 cup of butter I used 1/4 cup of Brummel Yogurt Spread and 1/4 cup of applesauce. DELICIOUS!!

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  20. Just made these and CANNOT stop eating them! They are soooo good. I was out of eggs and butter, so I subbed half a banana and coconut oil and they turned out perfect! My one year olf keeps stealing them from me...I supposed I should share, lol.

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    1. Oh Yay! Thanks for sharing. I pretty much always use coconut oil now too. Yummy!

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  21. These look so good, Marina! Who wouldn't want to eat cookies for breakfast? ;)

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  22. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Can the butter be substituted for oil or apple sauce?

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    1. Yes! I would use apple sauce and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Let me know how it turns out :)

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  23. Shannon4:34 PM

    I'm moving to the early shift at work next week (6am, ugh) so I was looking for new muffin/breakfast cookie ideas on Pinterest for quick breakfasts on the go. These definitely sound delicious and I will be trying them out next week! One question though, if I use cinnamon and nutmeg instead of pumpkin pie spice what amounts to suggest using of each?

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    1. Hi Shannon, I would do 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

      Best of luck with the early shift!

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