04Aug2016 Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies Thank you to Rubbermaid LunchBlox® for sponsoring this post. This amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies is perfect for back to school! They are the perfect snack or treat for tucking into a lunch box this fall! Back to school time. Sigh. It’s hard to believe the back to school rush is upon us again, isn’t it? I have one 2nd grader and one Kindergartner this year. Likewise, I have one who is totally ready to be in a new school and make new friends, and I have one who is overwhelmingly thankful that his big brother will be in the same school with him. Every time we’re in the car and we pass their school, Wesley makes some comment like, “You’re going to be in my school with me, Silas, right?” Ug, my Mommy heart can’t take much of this letting them grow up stuff. Of course, I naturally want to jump into the conversation and assure him that he’ll have so much fun, make lots of friends, and everything will be perfect in school. And as we all know, school is certainly not perfect. Kids can be mean, pushing yourself to learn and grow is uncomfortable at times, and school won’t be his favorite place to go all the time. But I also know that he definitely will have fun, make some great friends, and learn some amazing things next year. Though, I can just imagine that little lump in his throat when he fully realizes that his big brother won’t be in the same exact room as him during the school day. Yep, there goes my Mommy heart again. Excited. Nervous. Scared. Hopeful. Hmm… I feel like I’m going back to school myself! One of the few things I really like doing, at least the first few weeks of school, is making sure I make some great treats and snacks to put into their lunchboxes. Just to make the beginning of the school year a little bit more special and exciting, despite all the jitters going around. These yummy Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies are absolutely perfect lunch box snacks – sure to put a smile on any kiddo’s face in the lunch room! Chocolate Chip Applesauce Cookies By Kelly Miller Cookies sweetened with applesauce and chocolate chips, great for a snack or dessert. Prep time: 00:15, Cook time: 00:10, Total time: 00:25 Yield: Approx. 36 cookies Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup applesauce 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips Instructions: In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and eggs. Add in applesauce and beat until well combined. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture into applesauce mixture while on low speed until all ingredients are incorporated. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown on edges. Cool completely on wire racks and store cookies in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Do yourself a favor and just make a batch now before school starts so that you can treat yourself as well – these are such awesome, moist cookies! Absolutely perfect alongside a cup of coffee or a glass of milk… ask me how I know! Another favorite thing I like to do to get everyone looking forward to the beginning of school is picking out new backpacks, lunchboxes, and lunch accessories. I’m SO excited to have the boys use these innovative Rubbermaid LunchBlox® for Kids flat pack. Last year I used generic plastic divided containers and, let me tell you, they were such a PAIN! I loved the idea of not having to use little plastic baggies to be thrown away all the time, but they were so hard to clean. And putting them in the dishwasher – forget it! The lids never fit correctly after that! These new Rubbermaid LunchBlox® containers are SO COOL. Each little container snaps in to the cooler pack, which means they also snap out for much easier packing and cleaning! I can already tell this is going to get a TON of use this school year. The modular containers stack compactly to stay organized. They are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe as well as BPA free. The kits come with Blue Ice™ as well to keep foods nice and cool through the morning. I’ve picked up a Rubbermaid LunchBlox® for Kids pack for each of my kids while we were out on our last Target shopping trip. I’m so excited to use these cute containers for their daily lunches! I’m also planning on picking up a Rubbermaid Fasten+GO™ kit for Paul’s lunches as well. Be sure to load the special Cartwheel offer for 20% off Rubbermaid LunchBlox® the week of 8/28-9/3, 20% off Rubbermaid Fasten+GO™ and 5% off Rubbermaid LunchBlox® Sandwich Kit products available at Target beginning in July and through August. Be sure to follow Rubbermaid on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more fun back to school lunch products and ideas! What is your favorite homemade treat or snack to pack into your kid’s lunch boxes? Let me know in the comment section below, I need more inspiration!