Need a great on-the-go snack? Or maybe a little bit more protein in your diet? Well, these oatmeal breakfast cookies will do the trick. As I mentioned before, they been one of my nursing favorites since they say oatmeal helps with the production of milk. Plus, they’re delicious. In just a few easy steps you can get a simple snack waiting for you in the fridge whenever hunger strikes.
It’s made mostly of items you have already in your pantry and easy to substitute with some some similar options. For example, sweetened vs unsweetened applesauce, white flour vs wheat flour, almonds vs walnuts, any kind of dried fruit, etc.
First, with a whisk or a beater, mix the butter and sugar together. Then, add the eggs, vanilla, orange extract, applesauce and water until mixed well. For small recipes like this, I usually use my hand mixer.
Follow that by mixing in the flour and baking soda until just combined.
Then add in the oatmeal, cranberries and almonds and mix in with a spatula.
Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes. This will give it time for the oatmeal to absorb the liquids and for the mixture to firm up.
Roll into palm sized discs and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Depending on the size you make them, you can get 12-14 cookies from this recipe. They are not dainty.
Bake for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. I usually flip the sheets around half way.
Cool completely and enjoy. Keep them refrigerated.
You can also opt to freeze any extras or just half the recipe without a problem of you don’t want that many cookies.
Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- 4 T. unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. orange extract
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk butter and sugar until well combined.
- Mix in the eggs, vanilla, orange extract, applesauce and water.
- Add in the flour and baking soda and mix until just combined.
- Mix in the oatmeal, cranberries and almonds.
- Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.
- Roll into palm sized discs and bake for 20 minutes.
- Cool completely and enjoy. Keep refrigerated.