Apple Oatmeal Cookies topped with Jalapeño Fig Jam

I don’t really have a sweet tooth.  If anything, I have a salt tooth.  I was hosting a Pangea Happy Hour & the theme was a Cookie Exchange, so I was excited to bake some cookies.  I wanted something healthy, since I AM a doctor and wanted to have some healthy options for guests.  I had just bought a bunch of apples, so I figured I’d make some Apple Oatmeal Cookies.

That sounded kind of boring though, so I looked in the fridge to see what else I could come up with.  Of course, I had some jalapeños in there.  If anyone knows me, they know I have had a love affair with all things spicy since the beginning of time and you will always find something spicy in my fridge!  A meal wasn’t perfect without a hint of spiciness.  I also had some fresh organic figs in there, so I decided to combine the two to make a  Fig Jalapeño Jam.  Voilà!

I had a new creation! I’d make Apple Oatmeal Cookies topped with Jalapeño Fig Jam!  I decided to share this recipe with you all & hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Please leave me some feedback and link back to this post.  ¡Buen provecho!

First, I made the cookies using the following recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup Earth Balance Natural shortening

3/4 cup organic raw cane sugar

2 eggs worth of egg substitute

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1 cup diced organic apple without peel

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture until well blended. Fold in the walnuts, oats and apples. Drop dough by spoonfuls about 2 inches onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

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Apple oatmeal cookies before going into the oven

 

 

Now to make the jam!

Jam ingredients

12 ounces fresh Organic figs, diced

2 tablespoons minced Organic jalapeño (ribs and seeds included)

1 tablespoon organic fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon filtered water

1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar

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Fresh Organic figs & Jalapeño

 

 

Directions

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Stir well. Heat to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, mash slightly with a fork once jam is done.

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Jalapeño Fig Jam! By Dr. Maritza Baez, Independent Pangea Business Owner

 

Once both the cookies and jam are done, let each cool for at least 1 hour, then scoop about 1/2 teaspoon of jam onto each cookie!  Enjoy!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Apple Oatmeal Cookies with Jalapeño Fig Jam! By Dr Maritza Baez, Independent Pangea Business Owner

 

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