Last week we made Team Spirit Holiday Sugar Cookies and while we LOVE these cookies, we know sometimes you might want a lighter, healthier cookie option around this time of year. Maybe you want a cookie that has lots of fun holiday flavor, but not the holiday calories. Maybe you want to take these cookies to a holiday party or make them for football Sunday but want a LIL less guilt! If this is you, or someone you know or kind of like, I enlisted the greatest cookie baking elf I know to help us achieve this goal. My younger sister (my little squirtburger) is a holiday cookie warrior (and wiener dog enthusiast)! She does it all, from chocolate chip to sugar and more, but she also runs marathons and is all about balance when it comes to holiday feasting. Today, my little squirt has brought us Black and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies! These cookies utilize apple sauce, cinnamon, and only 2 tablespoons of butter (as opposed to my 2 sticks last week, LOL). Ready to indulge? We sure are!
The Recipe (it’s a long one):
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– ½ tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp baking powder
– ½ tsp salt
– ½ cinnamon
-2 tbsp unsalted, room temperature, butter
– ½ cup sugar
– ½ cup brown sugar
– 1 large egg
– ½ tsp vanilla extract
– ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce (our secret ingredient here!)
– 2 cups quick oats
– ¾ cup of a mix of white and dark chocolate chips (or whatever chips you like!)
– PREHEAT oven to 350° and line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper
– WHISK together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon for that extra holiday touch!
– MIX butter and sugars (creaming the butter and sugar) on medium speed using a hand or stand mixer (we used a hand mixer for today’s post!).
– ADD the large egg, and mix, followed by the apple sauce and vanilla extract. Continue to mix.
– ADD the flour mixture (dry ingredients) and oats to the wet mixture (mix on low/medium or by hand). Combine until the dry mixture is no longer visible.
– STIR in the chocolate chips- white and dark used here- but feel free to try toffee pieces, butterscotch, and even peanut butter chips!
– BALL 1 tbsp amounts of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Press down slightly on each cookie if you like a flatter shape!
– BAKE for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are light brown.
– COOL the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack and ENJOY!