As my first recipe redux challenge I was delighted to get the opportunity to use my Kitchenaid mixer. This mixer was a graduation gift from my parents as I officially left the nest. I decided to take on my fiance’s’ favorite cookie recipe to respond to the August challenge:
Bars & Bites for Brown Bags
Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag or a retro cartoon character lunch box, don’t forget the bars and bites. Small squares or round bites can pack nutrition into a sweet or savory taste. Show us your favorite way to jazz up any type of lunch box.
With these mini monster cookie bites I choose almond butter over the traditional peanut butter to as to be appropriate for peanut-free schools. I also used Sunspire candy coated chocolates which contain no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors (you can find these in the bulk bins at Whole Foods). As always, this recipe is gluten free. These mini monster cookies bites are the perfect dose of sweetness to cap off a lunch at school or in the office!
½ stick butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup almond butter
1 tsp baking powder
4.5 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&Ms
Cream butter, sugars and applesauce in mixer. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and almond butter and mix until blended. Remove mixing bowl from stand and add remainder of ingredients: baking powder, oats, chocolate chips and M&Ms. Stir with wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed (great arm workout;)
For best results, refrigerate dough for 2 hours and then roll into small balls. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 10-12 minutes, spinning cookie sheets after 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookies bites set for one minute and then move to cooling racks.