Friday, November 11, 2016

Boiled Cider Pear Oatmeal Cookies for Operation Cookie Takeover

For this eighth round of Operation Cookie Takeover, we're sending Thanksgiving flavor inspired love to soldiers stationed overseas. 

OCT was started in 2013 and since it's inception, over 62,000 cookies have been sent to Military bases all over the world. If you would like to participate, sign up here and you will be contacted for the next round.  

You do not have to have to be a professional baker or have a blog to participate and any type of cookies are welcome, not just super fancy creations. You can also submit a soldier here to receive cookies. 

I seem to fall in love with a different flavor or ingredient every season. Last year it was quince, this year boiled cider is my jam, my new favorite fall ingredient to experiment with. 

You can purchase boiled cider online at King Arthur Flour or, if you are like me and found the patience to make your own, simply bring a gallon of apple cider to a boil in a large pot and simmer it on a low flame for 4 to 5 hours until it becomes a thick syrup. The flavor punch you get in the syrup is well worth the effort.

My past contributions to Operation Cookie Takeover have been colorful and fun creations.  
This year I decided to concentrate more on flavor than shape and color. What's more comforting than homemade oatmeal cookies and what's more Fall or Thanksgiving evocative than apple cider?

In addition to the jar of boiled cider hanging out in my fridge, I had some dried pears on hand. Soon this all came together in a wonderful and delicious way in now what is my new favorite oatmeal cookie recipe. 

Two dozen of these went out to a United States army corporal this past week to thank him for his service.

Boiled Cider Pear Oatmeal Cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Approx 32 cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup  brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup boiled cider
  • 3 cups rolled oats 
  • 1 cup chopped dried pear

  • Heat oven to 350°F. 
  • Line two baking sheets with baking or parchment paper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, apple pie spice, nutmeg and salt.
  • Beat the butter and brown and white sugars until well combined. 
  • Add the eggs and vanilla. top the mixer at intervals and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Beat in the boiled cider until just combined.
  • Add the combined dry ingredients. 
  • Mix in the oats and pear pieces. 
  • Use a spoon or cookie scoop to portion out the cookie dough on the baking sheets. 
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies start to turn golden brown. 
  • Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to let the cookies cool completely.  

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