Oatmeal Cookies with Caramel and Apple

Stress of the holidays leave you craving something sweet?  These sweet treats will leave you satisfied, and at only 80 calories a piece, they are perfect!  Recipe from Cooking Light, March 2010.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can try whole wheat flour, it makes the cookie a little bit dryer)
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar (try splenda for less calories, or half splenda, half sugar)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (I like blue bonnet lowfat butter)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped apple pieces (or you can use dried apple)
  • 3/4 cup caramel bits (can use caramel candies chopped up)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a bowl; stir well.
  3. Place sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture; beat at low speed until just combined. Fold in apple and caramel bits.
  4. Drop dough by 2 teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten balls slightly with hand. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes (check at 7 min for doneness). Cool on pans 3 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

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