Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Caramel Nut Oatmeal Cookies

I love the classic oatmeal cookie, but sometimes I like to give bolder flavors to my favorite cookie. Here, I've paired the simplicity of oatmeal with the richness of caramel and the crunch of walnuts. This pairs well with coffees, teas, and other strong flavored beverages.

1 stick margarine
1/2 C. unsweetened applesauce
1 heaping C. brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. black walnut extract
1 3/4 C. flour
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
3 1/2 C. oats
1 C. caramel chips
1 C. walnuts, chopped

Heat oven to 350. In large mixing bow, beat margarine, applesauce, and sugars til creamy. Add eggs and extracts - mix til well blended. In separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, ginger. Slowly add dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl - stirring til well blended. Stir in oats (I do this by cup-full), stir in chips and nuts.
Drop cookies by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes for soft cookie 13-14 minutes for crunchy cookie.

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