I’ve been thinking up these cookies for a few weeks now but never actually got round to trying them out. Since I had the afternoon free I decided it was time I actually tried them out. Better late than never!
After last weeks episode of The Great Irish Bake Off I had a good supply of extra dates around the house (they were used in my Mango Tea Loaf). Dates are one of my new favourites. Great as a sweet chewy snack, as a natural sweetener in smoothies and even on Pizza! Yeah great on Pizza. My now brother in Law made us a Date, Onion, Pork and reduced Balsamic vinegar Pizza over summer and since then it has been embedded in my mind.
As well as an abundance of dates there is too an abundance of apples in my house! Our friends have an apple tree and passed us on part of their harvest. If we only got part of it then it must have been the motherload of apple trees! Anyway I made a good few jars of applesauce a few weeks ago so thought it would be good to use one up. Or part of one anyway.
You can have these made in under 45 minutes from start to finish. So here are the ingredients you are about to transform in to a beautiful afternoon snack!
You will need:
75g unsalted butter, softened
1 egg yolk
150g soft brown sugar
1 medium egg
75g rolled oats
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
80g pitted dates, chopped
1/2 large cooking apple, diced
How to do it:
1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
2. Cream the butter, egg yolk and sugar until pale and lighter in colour. Beat in the applesauce and egg until well combined.
3. Add the oats, flour, salt and cinnamon and fold in until you have a stiff dough that has been evenly mixed.
4. Chop the dates and apples then add to the flour mixture.
Fold the dates and apples into the dough until they are evenly distributed:
5. Lift out portions of the mixture using an ice-cream scoop or a large dessert spoon and place onto the prepared baking trays. Chill for 20 minutes.
6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until just firm and the edges are a golden brown. They will still be a little soft at this stage but will harden slightly when cooling. Cool on the trays for 2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack for 10 minutes to cool completely.
Soft in the middle and slightly crunchy around the edges these cookies really pack a punch! There are so many different textures throughout these cookies. The rough texture from the Oats, the soft juiciness from the apples and the sweet cheweyness from the dates.
I couldn’t wait to try one so had it whilst still warm I would suggest you do the same. Overall I’m pretty happy with how these have turned out especially after thinking of making them for so long.
Hope you guys give these a try and tune in to The Great Irish Bake Off this Thursday at 9pm n TV3. If you’re behind catxh up on Youtube!
Thanks for reading,
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