There was frost on the ground this morning. That’s a funny thing to type considering that there are parts of the country that are still hitting triple digits. At the same time, this is one of my favorite times of year. You don’t have the roasting heat of summer but you don’t have to put on the snow boots yet. And when you’re spending fall in the mountains, wow is it beautiful.
While the cooler weather can drive some people indoors, it’s also the perfect weather for outdoor bbqs, hanging around the campfire, or just sipping on a cup of a toasty beverage. One of my favorite drinks during the fall is a twist on a traditional apple cider – Caramel Apple Cider with Cinnamon Whipped Cream.
Mott’s Apple Juice is perfect for making hot apple cider because it’s made with 100% real apple juice with no sugar added. That means when I add my spices and my caramel, the can blend perfectly with pure apple goodness. As an added bonus, there are 2 servings of fruit per 8 oz. cup of Mott’s and has 120% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C.
I use my slow cooker to make my hot apple cider. It can be brewed in a large pot as well, but I love the aroma that comes from slow cooking. That’s another great part about fall – how wonderful it smells. The air is so crisp and so clean. Sitting outside with a cup of Mott’s Caramel Apple Cider with Cinnamon Whipped Cream is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day.
A great accompaniment to a hot beverage are fresh baked cookies. While I’m usually a traditional chocolate chip cookie kind of gal, my first fall baking treat this year was Oatmeal M&M’s Fall Cookies. With their fun fall packaging and colors, M&M’s makes it easy to make fall-themed cookies for parties or just to enjoy. Fortunately, I had picked up all the ingredients for my fall baking adventure during an earlier trip to Walmart, so I was ready to start baking!
Oatmeal M&M’s Fall Cookies
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup Mott’s applesauce
- 3½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 bag fall-colored M&M’s
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar on low speed until combined.
- Add eggs and applesauce and mix until well-blended (about 2-3 minutes.)
- Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add M&M’s and mix.
- Refrigerate dough for 15-20 minutes.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop heaping, rounded tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies until golden and just set, about 13-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes.
- Move cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.
To start your Oatmeal M&M’s Fall Cookies, cream your room temperature butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a mixer.
Once that mixture is smooth, add the eggs and Mott’s applesauce. The Mott’s applesauce cups are the perfect size for this recipe – just pour the whole thing into the dough. Applesauce is great for helping to make your cookies soft.
Next, you’re going to mix in the dry ingredients – the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and best of all the fall color M&Ms.
Once everything is mixed together, put the cookie dough mixture in the fridge for about 15 minutes. This will chill the dough and help keep the cookies from spreading and becoming too thin when you bake them. After your dough is chilled, drop heaping, rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. The parchment paper will keep the cookies from sticking without having to use oil or a spray.
If you have extra M&Ms, I recommend topping your cookie dough with some M&Ms as well. That way you’ll have the lovely fall colors on top of the cookies AND inside the cookies. All that’s left now is to bake, let them cool, and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite things to bake or drink during the fall season?
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