Chopped Challenge Thursday: Raisins, Oats, Apple Cider and Coffee

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This weeks Chopped Challenge dish came together via three things:

  1. The ingredients in my mystery basket
  2. My brothers need for a dessert to take to a holiday party
  3. My brothers lack of tolerance for gluten

oats, raisins, apple cider, coffee

The ingredients in this weeks mystery basket consisted of Oats from Muffet Bond, Raisins from Bill Bond, Apple Cider from Cinda Garrison and Coffee from Janna Carr.

Although dessert seemed a little too easy, once the gluten-free aspect was thrown in the mix, the dish became more of a challenge.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookies

Gluten-free baking is somewhat difficult but I had done it once with his delicious gluten-free chocolate birthday cake, I knew I could do it again!

Chopped Challenge Thursday was also the perfect opportunity to make something amazingly unique for him to take to his holiday party!

Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookie with Caramel Apple Filling

After a couple of “sample cookies” to decide exactly how I wanted to incorporate the coffee and apple cider I came to the conclusion that my favorite cookie was the one that combined the ground coffee into the cookie dough and was filled with a gooey, delectable caramel apple center.

The final result of “Chopped Challenge Thursday” Week Seventeen:  Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookies with Caramel Apple Filling

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Ingredients (makes 15 cookies)

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground instant coffee
  • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup & 1 tsp apple cider (separated)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup caramels

Begin by combining the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and coffee.

Gluten Free Cookie Recipe

Next, cream together the butter and sugar.  Then, beat in the eggs, vanilla and 1/4 cup apple cider. Add in the flour mixture and combine well.

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Next, hand mix in the oats and raisins.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Melt the caramels in the microwave for 1 minute, remove and immediately whisk in 1 tsp apple cider. The mixture should be a very thick caramel sauce.

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Filling

Now, to make the cookies, grab a ball of dough and make a “cave” in the middle. Then pour the caramel into its home, “the cave”.

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Filled Cookies

Wrap the dough around the caramel and place onto a cookie sheet.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes.

Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookies with Caramel Apple Filling

Scrumptious is the perfect word to describe these cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Caramel Apple Cookies

Don’t just take my word for it, my Mom was eating the crumbs off the baking sheet (true story!)

Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookies

And my brother just walked in with an empty container and said these cookies were the hit of the party!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

No gluten AND scrumptious, I’d say that’s one amazing cookie!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Caramel Cookies

Well hello melted caramel goodness! Don’t mind if I do 😉

Oatmeal Raisin Coffee Cookies


♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.