These have to be the healthiest, easiest “cookies” ever made. And fun! They’re perfect for afternoon treats or snacks, school parties or celebrations. For a Halloween party activity, have the toppings and apple slices ready and the kids can build their own apple cookies.
Make the date caramel first and let it sit for the flavours to blend while you prepare everything else. You will be surprised by how many uses you will find for it: it’s delicious on toast with nut butter in place of jam or jelly, on pancakes or waffles, and just as a delicious spread. You can give it a thinner, syrupy consistency by adding more water. I added pumpkin spices, but you can add the flavours you enjoy.
Pumpkin Spice Date Caramel Spread
Makes 1 1/2 cup
1 cup dates
6 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
Place dates in a heat proof bowl and pour 1/4 cup hot water over them. Press dates into hot water, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Put softened dates with water (most of it will be absorbed) into food processor and add spices. Begin to purée dates, scraping down the sides often. When mixture is smooth, add more hot water 1 tablespoon at a time to the consistency you want. For a spreadable paste I needed 2 additional tablespoons but this may vary depending on how moist your dates are. Add more water to make a syrup. Scoop into a jar or suitable container and store in the fridge.
Date Caramel Apple “Cookies
sunflower seeds (or other seeds or nuts)
Core apples and slice at least 1/4 inch thick. Spread date paste on one side and top with fun toppings.
Inspiration for this recipe and for food styling is from Rachel Shultz.