It’s not quite fall but the changing hues of the broad forests that envelope our city reminds us that the cold weather will soon be upon us. I love the crisp freshness of Spring, and the heady warmth of Summer, but there is something enchanting about the metamorphosis of nature as it cycles into yet another season.
Chilly days call for warm fires and cozy activities the whole family can share in. I love to take a little time each week to turn the oven on and create some yummy treats for my family, kid-participation included! Our favorite treats change all the time, but a long-lasting family classic has always been our Caramel Apple cookies. My kids love them, and with a delicious assortment of autumn apple varieties, this simple delight couldn’t be easier, or more tasty!
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
2 Tablespoons applesauce
sweetener to taste (I use pure agave or organic honey)
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon almond or coconut milk
2 teaspoons xylitol
Preheat oven to 350F.
Add the xylitol to a skillet over medium heat. Stir the xylitol constantly until it is completely melted. Beware, it burns easily! Keep stirring until mixture is a dark amber color, about 3 minutes. Make sure to not overcook!
In a small bowl, mix coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in applesauce, caramelized xylitol, and vanilla extract. Stir the mixture until blended. Add in almond or coconut milk until fully incorporated, and sweeten to taste with your choice of sweetener. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a parchment lined-baking sheet. Flatten the dough into cookie shapes with a fork. Bake in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes. Let cool before enjoying this great fall treat!