Dec 15

Apple PB Oatmeal Cookie “Dough” Bites

Yay! 😀 It’s time to reveal the 2014 Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

Last year, I only had one match, but I made a larger batch (see what I did there) of Coconut Cookie Dough Balls so I could send it to other friends as well. I liked the idea so much that I decided to turn the concept into a fundraiser at my school so that I could:

  1. Send home-baked goodies to troops, the domestic violence center, and children’s homes
  2. Raise some money for the local no-kill shelters: Please Save A Cat & Friends For Life, Inc
  3. Feed fellow starving students

It worked out pretty well! I collected over 1000 baked goodies managed to fundraise for the animal shelters. (In retrospect, I should’ve charged more so there’d be more to donate, but you live and you learn.

I requested cookies that were on the healthier end of the spectrum again, and this year, I got 3 matches! 😀 (Glad I’m not the only one who prefers healthified desserts! 😛 ) I’m really glad I’m no longer being antisocial in the blogging world (this was only because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with everything, but as I’ve discovered with most things, you make time for what you enjoy), because this year, I actually “knew” [of] all three of my matches! :] I’ve been really appreciative of the blogging community; it actually makes me feel less homesick out here. :O

My matches this year were…

  • Gina @ SkinnyTaste
    Not gonna lie, I totally fan-girled when I saw her name on my match list. I was also slightly terrified, because she makes amazingggg food. The last time I was back in California, Jun and I got together and made a whole ton of delicious meals based off of recipes on her blog. <3 I’ve been meaning to post those, but sadly, still haven’t gotten around to doing so. (At times, I am the queen of procrastination.)
  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating
    I think I first discovered her blog through Linda‘s Life in Pictures linkup! She’s awesome and super sweet! :] Apparently, both of us are fans of blue roses (tis my favorite flower!) and volunteer at animal shelters! <3! (Go check her blog out! She has super delicious lookin’ recipes there too!)

    I actually found a bunch in China and they were $2.50 for the whole bunch! Couldn't bring them back though. :'(

    I actually found blue roses in China and they were $2.50 for the whole bunch! I couldn’t bring them back though, so I didn’t get them. :'(

  • Heather @ Divas Run For Bling
    Heather and I are both Girls Gone Sporty ambassadors! :] She shares a number of different HIIT workouts on her blog, as well as a variety of tips for healthier living habits and lifestyles!

I decided to go with another cookie dough bite theme so I could pack in nutritious ingredients into the recipe. This makes about 40 small-ish cookie “dough” bites! :]

I’d been feeling rather apprehensive that they didn’t arrive in an intact form because I couldn’t, for the life of me, find cookie tins at the store that would fit into the boxes I was repurposing (was trying to go green and all that good stuff ._.). I also brought them back to Lewisburg to mail em’ over the weekend because I never know these days whether or not I’ll be out of the hospital/clinic while the post office is still open…this would’ve been fine and all if I’d remembered to pack all my packaging material with me.

So far, it’s looked like they made it over mostly-intact, but if they are no longer in their ball form, I’ve found that they taste pretty awesome atop yogurt or oatmeal! (I’m so sorry for the fail-packaging! ;_; )

Apple PB Oatmeal Cookie “Dough” Bites

Apple PB Oatmeal Cookie "Dough" Bites


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 packages cinnamon chia cranberry instant oatmeal (~1 cup oats)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups peanut butter (+ more if not sticky enough)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Shape into little balls.
  4. Bake for ~10-12 minutes or until slightly browned/crisp. Allow to cool completely!

Apple PB Oatmeal Cookie "Dough" Balls

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  1. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    OH A cookie swap! I love that idea!
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    1. Farrah

      This is definitely one of my favorite cookie swaps! 😀 Goes to a great cause and hooray for tasty treats!

  2. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    Blue roses are your favorite too?! Alright, are we sisters from another mister? Ha! I’ve always loved them ever since I chose to get my first tattoo of one on my right shoulder blade. 🙂 So glad I was paired with you for the cookie swap! I loved these little bites.
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! <3 If I were to ever get a tattoo, that's probably what I would've gotten as well! :O It was my main LiveJournal icon for most of my LJ’s waking life, haha. 😛

      So glad I got to “meet” you through this cookie swap! :]

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    These sound delicious. And yeah, I woulda been super intimidated too!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :] I hope she liked them! The almond butter cookies she sent me were delicious. *-*

  4. Hannah @CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    These sound amazing and I LOVE that they are vegan! I am all about anything that combines PB and apples 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I figured I’d make them that just in case anyone I was sending it to preferred vegan desserts! I’m so glad they turned out okay! 😀

  5. Cassie

    Yum these look so good! I always have pumpkin butters, apple butters, etc. and never know how to use them up 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! That was part of my inspiration for these! I always have different fruit butters hanging around in my kitchen and never seem to use it all up, so I figured I’d change that. 😛 Part of my waste-not crusade!

  6. Gina

    Lately I’ve been loving everything apple + oats together!! These look amazing! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I think you’d love these then! Apples are one of my favorite fruits, so I like throwing em’ into everything when possible. 😛

  7. Cayli

    Ohh those look yummy!!


    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]

  8. Gloria

    We just had a cookie swap at work and it was kind of the greatest thing ever. These look so good! Definitely will have to give them a try for our next work potluck!
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    1. Farrah

      Ooo, that’s awesome! I wish people here would do food swaps, but I’m the only one who cooks! :[ So sad. The closest I get = church potlucks, but I shall take what I can get! 😛

  9. Aubrey

    ok these look to die for!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! 😀

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    DOUGH bite love! These look fantastic!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! <3 The cookies I make usually don't turn out all that pretty, so I tend to default to dough bites! 😛

  11. Justine Y

    What a fun idea! And those cookies look delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! I love that it helps out a charity along with sharing treats with a bunch of different people! :D!

  12. Leigha @ The Yooper Girl

    I’m SO mad I forgot to sign up for the cookie swap!!! These look so yummy!
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    1. Farrah

      Aww, darn! There’s always next year! :D?!

  13. Alex

    They look and sound really tasty. If only they weren’t hazardous for me. Thanks allergies! The idea is pretty awesome so 🙂 I always loved swaps.

    Alex – Funky Jungle
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    1. Farrah

      Aww, darn! Are you allergic to peanut butter? Maybe it could be subbed with something else! :O I love swaps too! :]

  14. Jennifer @Nourished Simply

    I was in the cookie swap too! I would also be terrified if I get Gina from Skinny Taste too. Love her blog and recipes. Love anything with oats. This was a great recipe.
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    1. Farrah

      For serious! It was nervewracking, haha, but she took a picture and posted it to IG, so I am gonna take that to mean that they weren’t terrible? (Positive thinking!) Can’t wait to participate again next year! :]

  15. Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I love the cookie swap concept. Great idea and a great cause!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, and agreed! I love gifts that benefit awesome causes. :D!

  16. Tiffany Khyla

    That’s so incredible that you were able to start that program at your school! I love it! This sounds like a really awesome cookie recipe. Yum!
    Tiffany Khyla recently posted…A Quarter of a Century.My Profile

    1. Farrah

      It took ages, but it was definitely a lot of fun seeing what everyone came up with + collecting all the treats! I loved that it got to help so many different people! :]

  17. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Yum! What a healthy treat to send to your cookie swap friends!
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    1. Farrah

      :D! I’m excited to try out more with different fruit butters! I have a mango butter I’ve been meaning to make something with! :]

  18. Katherine G

    These look so delicious! I think you did a fantastic job!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! <3 I'm so glad they turned out okay! 😀

  19. Stephanie

    Yummy! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!
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    1. Farrah

      Definitely! 😀 Hopefully I’ll come up with something cool!

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