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Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies

Sarah Mock

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal cookies from nutsaboutgranola.com

We are well into cookie baking season but there is always room for more cookies. Right?!

One of my favorite cookies of all time is an oatmeal raisin cookie. Some people crave a chocolate chip cookie or a peanut butter blossom cookie but I have always been a fan of the oatmeal raisin cookie. I love the layers of textures and flavors.

Crunchy oats, chewy raisins, and a spice mixture that isn't found in other cookies. This year I am simplifying my oatmeal raisin cookie recipe by using a box of Nuts About Granola Original Granola Basics Box Mix and enhancing the cookies with the addition of chopped cranny smith apple. 

Once these cookies are baked they will disappear faster than they were made!

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Nuts About Granola Original Granola Basics Box Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 Small Granny Smith Apple Chopped finely (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup Raisins
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Start by creaming the softened butter and the sugar. I use the paddle attachment on my mixer and beat it on high speed for about two minutes.Light and fluffy is what you are looking for.

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Add the egg and the vanilla and beat to incorporate.

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the bowl.

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Stir to combine but do not over mix. Stop when the cookies look like cookie dough.

Apple, Raisin, Oatmeal Cookies from Nuts About Granola

Scoop out on cookie sheets. I line my cookie sheets with a silicone mat but you can use parchment paper. If you don't have either one of these pan spray works as well.

 

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Poached Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Sarah Mock

Poached Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust for Nuts About Granola.com

As you know, we are Nuts About Granola! Granola is not just for parfaits, it is not just for making into bars, it is not just an ice-cream topping. There are so many ways you an incorporate granola into your recipes. This post we are talking about using our classic Plain Jane granola in a crust for a Poached Apple Tart. Apples are used in this recipe but pears would be a yummy substitution!

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Peel, core and slice 5 apples. I use Granny Smith apples. These are a tart cooking apple that holds up to baking.

I am using an apple peeler/corer/slicer in this photo. It is not a necessary tool but it makes getting the job a whole lot easier. If you do any sort of baking with apples on a regular basis I highly suggest getting one of these gadgets. It is a great investment.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Place the apples in a 9x13 pan, cut side down.

In a separate pan bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil. This will be the poaching liquid for your apples.If you wanted to be a little fancy you could add a cinnamon stick to the syrup as it comes to a boil. I didn't in this recipe but it would add one more layer of flavor to the dish.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Sprinkle a 1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon and a healthy grate of fresh nutmeg over the apples. If you don't have fresh nutmeg to grate I would use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Pour the simple syrup over the apples.

Cover the apples with foil and allow them to bake at 350 degrees until soft. These took about 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

While the apples are poaching and cooling it is time to make the Plain Jane granola crust. If you like this crust you will need to check out the Pumpkin Pie recipe featuring a Forager Granola Crust. 

In a food processor combine:

  • 2 cups Plain Jane Granola
  • 3 Tablespoons Softened Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

After a few pulses it should resemble this.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Press the Plain Jane Granola crust mixture into a tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the mixture up the sides of the pan as well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool completely.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

While the apples and the crust are cooling it is time to make cinnamon whipped cream!

In a clean, cold bowl use a whisk to whisk 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of granular sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon to stiff peaks.

If you are feeling fancy, fill a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe swirls of whipped cream on the cooled Plain Jane granola crust. Spreading an even layer of cream is another option that works just as well.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Use a spatula to lift the poached apples onto the tart.

I found it easier to lift a half an apple at a time and fans it out instead of trying to lift each slice individually.

Placed Apple Tart with Plain Jane Granola Crust

Fill the tart with the poached apples.

Slice and enjoy!

This tart is best served immediately.