Ben’s going to see Mama Helen and Daddy Howard, his mama and daddy…imagine having your mom and dad still alive and you, the ‘kid’ are a grandparent yourself and Medicare age! Way back in the day, unlike today, many kids got married young, like real young, so they ‘grew up’ with their kids and some have aged into great and great-great grandparents. Mama Helen doesn’t cook any longer, but they both love home cooked food, and Daddy Howard loves his sweets, so since it’s the holidays, lots of wonderful apples, and I’m in a baking mood, Ben’s gonna be riding his Harley and filling the saddle bags with some fresh delicious ‘Granny Smith Apple & Tart Cherry Oatmeal Cakes.’ Sharing this recipe with some friends~ Thursday’s Treasures Fit and Fabulous Fridays
Makes: 3-4 dozen mini-cupcake cookies
Preheat oven to 375
What you need:
1 ½ cups diced (peel on) granny smith apples
¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
2 beaten eggs
½ cup oil
2 tsp vanilla (Rodelle~~best there is!)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup Grape Nuts (or generic brand) cereal
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chopped sour dried cherries (or substitute raisins, cranberries, etc.)
¼ cup half and half
What you do:
Have one large and one medium sized mixing bowls. In medium sized combine apples, sweetened condensed milk, beaten eggs, oil and vanilla and blend. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, oats, cereal, walnuts and dried cherries and blend well.
Pour half of the wet mixture into the dry mixture and blend; continue to add wet mixture and all is blended into the dry. Add the half and half to thin slightly.
Scoop mixture into mini-muffin cups, Bake for about 10-12 minutes in a 375 preheated oven.
Remove and let cool about 10 minutes.
Note: You can use other size muffin tins or baking objects (i.e., small canning jars). Just adjust your cooking time to accommodate the size of the baking container.
©Alice D’Antoni Phillips Ally’s Kitchen