These Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies are the best way to enjoy Oatmeal Cookies in the Fall. Melty Caramel, Apple Slices, and the best cinnamon spiced Oatmeal Cookie you've ever tried!
Yes, you read that right. Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies, and they are as good as they sound.
Right now, I'm really turning my focus to more intentional eating and healthier meals. I'm always aware of what we eat and how I am teaching my children to nourish their bodies, but I've been more attuned to it lately as I am working on getting back to my pre-baby weight. That being said, as soon as I tell myself that something is off limits, I swear it is the only thing I can think about anymore. Does that happen to you?
In general, I wouldn't say sugar is a real issue for me, but when I told myself that I wasn't going to have dessert for a while, suddenly DESSERT IS EVERYWHERE. I'm dreaming about rice pudding, I'm thinking about pumpkin pie, I'm smelling cinnamon and sugar even when there's none in sight. It's absurd.
So, these cookies were an accident. I stopped by a store for fresh ginger and cilantro and was ambushed by a bag of caramel pieces. Before I even knew what was happening, I had a batch of the world's best smelling Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies in the oven.
I think, perhaps, that October is a really terrible month to outlaw desserts. Pumpkins and Apples for heaven's sake.
So, the new plan is to have dessert but only on Sunday. It's a compromise I think I can live with right now. It's kale and quinoa all week long, but on Sunday I can enjoy a one serving homemade treat . . . pumpkins and apples please! I'm finding that when I know I have something indulgent to look forward to on the weekend, I don't need to think about sugar all the time anymore. It's a working plan right now.
These cookies, by the way, are the best kind of treat to look forward to. Made with real apples, caramel pieces, cinnamon chips, and oatmeal, these cookies are super soft, chewy, and moist. I used my Grandpa Parley's family famous oatmeal cookie recipe as a base and they turned into a cookie that even a cookie connoisseur like Grandpa would thoroughly enjoy. If he were here, he'd be proud I'm sure.
So, that's one good cookie. I feel better now. Back to the whole grains and vegetables.