I think that when you make up a recipe, you should get a certain amount of artistic license when deciding on a name. I mean, it’s your baby after all. Name it as you like. But then you start thinking about what everybody else will think of the name, if the name really describes the flavors at play or the method by which it was created.
Plus, the name must be cute. That’s a total must.
So if you’re thinking, “You can’t fool me, these cookies are nothing more than fancy oatmeal cookies dressed up with spices and apples…”
Or, “I think a better name would have been, Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies…”
Or, “Cobblers are baked in dishes while these are clearly cookies and I’ve had about enough of food bloggers naming their recipes after other dishes that they really aren’t…”
I hear you. I had the same thoughts (clearly). Your opinion is valid.
But I’m still going to call these Apple Cobbler Cookies.
Needed: 1/2 cup (one stick) of butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 1/2 cups oats and 1 apple (I used a sour Granny Smith).
Cream together the (softened) butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir until just combined.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and oats. Combine the dry oat mix with the creamed butter mix to form the batter.
At this point I should note that you could leave the apples out and just have a really yummy spiced oatmeal cookie. Or you could add nuts, or raisins, or whatever you like. I’m just giving you options here. I choose to get fancy with an apple. It was awesome. Here’s what I did. Cut the apple in half. Peel off the skin and remove the core of one half. Chop it up into very small cubes and stir these into your batter. Spoon the batter on to a lined baking sheet. Now take the other apple half and remove the core. Using a mandoline (or really awesome knife skills) thinly slice the apple into half-moon pieces. Place these on top of the dough balls.
Bake at 350 F for 11-13 minutes. Serve warm with milk or coffee. Or you could serve two of these with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream as a dessert. If you do this it will taste a lot like apple cobbler. (Yeah, that’s right.)
P.S. No, I’m not from Texas. I just found this cute little wooden cutting board and I couldn’t resist. I have a wood obsession. So although I would have preferred a Missouri shaped cutting board… uh… beggars can’t be choosers. Or something.