Apple Pie Cookies
Check out the apple pie cookies I made this morning to give to my Dad …with a hint of chocolate and tons of fiber, protein and fresh fruit. A heart-healthy cookie that fills you up, has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of that freshly baked Thanksgiving-Day apple pie, and chocolate to knock out a sweet tooth. YES. These cookies are quick and easy to whip together with much more fiber and protein than your average cookie thanks to the Greek yogurt and added seeds (or nuts – walnuts are recommended, if you have them onhand), and will make the whole house smell like fresh-baked apple pie. These cookies are moist, tender and bursting with fresh-apple flavor and a hint of chocolately goodness. Try them and tell me what you think!
As with all recipes containing greek yogurt – unless otherwise specified – you won’t taste it a bit! I used organic Honeycrisp and Grannysmith apples in this recipe because it’s what I had onhand and because Granny Smith apples in particular are naturally SO sweet – that you’re able to use a very small amount of sugar in this recipe in comparison to what is needed for other cookie recipes. You need to really WATCH IT with the sugar in this one – if you add too much; your cookies will taste overly-sweet. Yuck. Feel free to swap out Stevia or Truvia instead if that’s your thing, or another healthy flour if you prefer, such as Bob’s Red Mill Low-Carb Baking Mix. Makes 15-20 cookies, depending on size. Enjoy!!
- 1 Organic HoneyCrisp Apple
- 1 Organic GrannySmith Apple
- ⅓ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Granulated White Sugar
- 4 Tbsp. Butter, Softened
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Flour - more if needed, see instructions
- 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- ½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice or Cinnamon
- ½ Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
- 2 Tbsp. Golden Flaxseeds
- 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
- Optional: Walnuts, Raisins
- Additional Variation: Add Oats
- Combine Flour, sugars, cinnamon and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the softened butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
- Next, stir in the greek yogurt and the applesauce, half of the required amount at a time.
- Stir in the flaxseeds and chia seeds; add walnuts and raisins as well if desired.
- Add apple; diced. Next, stir in chocolate chips.
- Mix well. If dough appears too wet; SLOWLY add in additional flour (and/or oats if making an oatmeal variation - a tablespoon at a time.) Dough should be sticky and moist, but also thick with a consistency similar to chocolate chip cookie dough.
- Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes while preheating oven to 350.
- Drop by tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Watch closely; baking for 7 minutes for softer cookies or 10 for a a crisper cookie.
- Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool before storing.
- Yields 15 to 20 cooies depending on size. Enjoy! :)