This apple cider cookie are a peanut butter lover’s delight

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Yankee Chef logoBy Jim Bailey

If you enjoy dipping wedges of apple into peanut butter, then you are going to love these cookies.

The instant cider mix is found in supermarkets everywhere this time of year, but you may need to order it online, but at least look at the grocery first. These cookies are so delicious, moist and packed with apple flavor, you won’t be able to put them down.

Apple dipper oatmeal cookies.

Apple dipper oatmeal cookies.

2 cups oats
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
4 (.74-ounce) packets apple cider instant drink mix*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
2 eggs, beaten with 3 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. In a large bowl, blend the oats, flour, sugar, apple cider mix, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir in the melted butter, peanut butter and egg mixture until well incorporated.

Drop by the tablespoon on an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between mounds, and bake 13 to 15 minutes. The cookies will be done when the underside is lightly browned and the edges are slightly crisp. The cookie itself will still be soft, making it hard to determine when to pull them from the oven. When the centers are soft, but not soupy,  they are ready.

Let cookies cool in the pan for 3 minutes before carefully transferring to plates to completely cool. The cookies will firm up once cooled.

Makes about 25 cookies

*I used Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Drink Mix but any variety can be used. If you would like, substitute 2 teaspoons apple extract, or flavoring, or even melt down some apple hard candies.

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