Happy National Bake Cookies Day!
It’s very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I’ve been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration!
There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to oh-so-decadent, including:
- Peppermint Fudge from Dashing Dish
- Fudgy Peanut Butter Paleo Cookie Sandwiches from Detoxinista
- My Chocolate PB Pretzel Bites
- Mint Chocolate Bark from Brown Eyed Baker
- Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies from Every Day with Rachael Ray
My latest cookie creation won’t be making its debut at the event, but it’s packed with so many wholesome ingredients, it sure could show up at your breakfast table tomorrow! With oats, apples and just a touch of peanut butter chips to sweeten things up, these pie-flavored goodies are a totally acceptable way to start your day. Try eating a few of the cookies crumbled over a cup of Greek yogurt or along with a couple scrambled eggs for a filling, protein-packed meal!
Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies
Makes 7 cookies
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/3 cup diced apple
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter chips, chopped into small pieces
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350° and coat a small cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- Stir all ingredients together and mix to combine.
- Scoop dough out into even mounds on the cookie sheet and press down into a round shape (they won’t spread much on their own).
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies begin to brown slightly.
Nutrition information per cookie: 41 calories, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein, 43 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 3 g sugar
I’ve also been having a blast contributing to the FITNESS magazine Healthy Cookie Swap on Pinterest! Find more lightened-up recipes on the board here.
Have you ever eaten cookies for breakfast? And what dessert says “Christmas” to you?