September means the start of school and apples. I cannot help it, but when I think the start of school, I always think of students putting apples on their teachers desks as a symbol of appreciation.
This tradition stems back to the 1600's when parents often fed and housed teachers in order to have education for their children in America's early frontier. Apples were plentiful and did not cause financial hardship for families to provide them for teachers. Over time, it has become a symbol of thanks and appreciation for educators.
If you are looking to thank a teacher in your life or be a part of the Smart Cookies organization, these Cran Apple Oatemal Cookie recipe is a PERFECT way to give someone a pat on the back for a job well done. I think any teacher or student would be happy to receive them especially as we head into Autumn.
Cran Apple Oatmeal Cookies
(for a printable version of this recipe click here)
2 sticks unsalted butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large apple grated (about one cup of grated apple)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed. Then, add eggs, vanilla, and apple until well incorporated.
On low speed add the flour mixture until incorporated. Finally, add oats, chocolate chips, and cranberries.
Drop dough in about one inch rounded tablespoons on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes or until edges are just golden brown.
Remove from oven, and let cool for about 15 minutes.
Pour some milk and have this waiting for your favorite student or teacher after school.
For more information about Smart Cookies click HERE.
For past Smart Cookie recipes, check out the links below:
Oatmeal Dark Chocolate and Dried Cherry Cookies, Lucy Cookies, White Chocolate and Cranberry Blondies, Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Biscotti, Italian Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze, and Salted Carmel and Dark Chocolate Truffles, Irish Creme Delights, Erin's Light Lemon Squares, Salted Caramel Brownies
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