Friday, June 11, 2010

Oatmeal Apple Cookie Cake

I wish there were a cool name for a cookie/cake hybrid.
Cakey. Cakie. Coocake. Cookie-cake?
It just doesn't sound right... but it sure does taste good! The recipe featured today is a cinnamon oatmeal apple cookie - in cake form. The result is slightly denser than a cake but fluffier than a cookie though not heavy like a brownie. I loved biting into the tender chunks of apple dispersed through this cake. The top is crispy/crunchy from the carmellized sugar while the cake is soft/moist.

The recipe is adapted from the Aug/Sept 2006 issue of Taste of Home - it's one of their contest winning recipes and has a 5-star rating on the website. It tastes like a warm apple pie but is more portable and gets even better the next day as the cinnamon mellows and infuses itself into the whole cookie/cake. This is a great alternative to oatmeal raisin cookies.

Oatmeal Apple Cookie Cake
9x13" pan | Adapted from Taste of Home

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup diced apples
2 tbsp cinnamon-sugar for sprinkling

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in oats and apples.

Scrape into greased 9 x 13 inch pan and sprinkle with 2 tbsp cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Let stand for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

**Alternative: To make individual cookies use 1/2 cup dried apples instead of fresh and drop by the tablespoon onto cookie sheet. Reduce baking time to 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown


Helen said...

This looks like a really interesting recipe. The texture sound lovely, very different to anything I can think of! I will definitely make this, it sounds delicious.

~Nikki~ said...

Sounds delicious!

Tara said...

aaaaaah this looks so good!

must make soon!

Nickki said...

Oh my, that looks delicious! I will definitely try this recipe, it sounds right up my alley :)

Natalie said...

I love when dishes are better the next day--these look awesome, regardless of what they're called ;)

cindy said...

Sounds great for brunch! I will have to try this soon.

creampuff said...

This is awesome ... my two favourite things ... cookie and cake in one!

desenchantee said...

Have been wanting to make this ever since I first saw it on here - it's the type of thing that really appeals to me. The perfect hybrid. Yum. I added raisins though, which I soaked first to plump them up. And extra cinnamon, because I can never get enough! Turned out amazing... thinking of you T ;)