Gosh, I really felt like eating a cookie this evening! Something with texture, and taste and warmth. Something to munch on with a cup of tea at the end of the evening and then add to lunchboxes for the next day…SO, I revised a recipe of mine published a couple of years ago on Cabinet of Cookery and you know what? These cookies are exactly what I was after. They certainly beat the supermarket packet varieties! 

Apple Crumble Cookies with Vanilla

Look forward to pulling 32 medium sized morsels measuring 6cm in diametre out of the oven. Expect the outside of the cookies to have a desireable “crunch” factor, whilst remaining softly textured on the inside. Not a chance of breaking a tooth or dislodging teenage braces eating these. Only smiles all around. Most will disappear off the cooling rack quick smart!

250 g unsalted butter
3/4 cup raw caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 apples, peeled and roughly grated
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract/essence

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees on a fan forced setting. Prepare two baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 

Melt the butter in the microwave in a large mixing bowl. 

Remove from the microwave and add all of the ingredients. 

Use a mixing spoon to combine into a pliable dough. The mixture should be soft, but easy to roll into balls. Do not be tempted to add any liquid. The moisture from the grated apples and melted butter is sufficient to bind all of the dry ingredients.  

Take small amounts in your hands – about a tablespoon – and roll into a ball the size of an apricot for a decent medium sized cookie. Space the balls evenly on your two baking trays (16 on each). Flatten slightly with the back of a fork or your fingertips. 

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 

Transfer the cookies to cooling racks to prevent them from steaming. Now, stand guard when the children stream into the kitchen following the wafting aroma of freshly baked cookies. They need to leave a few for later, too! These cookies are delicious wolfed down whilst warm with a glass of milk, but they are also immensely satisfying tucked into school and work lunch boxes the next day.