Oat-Raisin Applesauce Cookies: A How-to Success. Check.

I don’t know about you guys, but the holiday season always gets me in the baking mood. To satisfy that urge, I decided to, on a whim, try a new recipe from scratch. Our last cookie recipe in our culinary experience segment was a chocolate chip cookie recipe. This one will be an oatmeal raisin edition for those of you on the other extreme. Even though this was my first attempt at making any sort of oatmeal raisin cookies, the cookies came out really good and they’ve been a hit with those who have tried them. Very easy recipe to make and the cookies come out very fluffy and chewy! Surely this will be a keeper.

Ingredients

2 cups white all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract 
3 cups oats, rolled, old-fashioned, raw (any old-fashioned oats will be fine)
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1 cooking spray

Directions

Stir flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set this dry mix aside. In a large mixer bowl, beat together the softened butter and sugar on medium speed until they are evenly combined. Add in the egg whites, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat well. Add in the dry flour mix in increments to prevent clumping, mixing on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in the oats and raisins.

Cover baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Wet hands and roll cookie dough into round ~1.5 inch balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. The dough will be easier to handle if chilled in the fridge for a bit, but it will still work without being chilled. You just might need to wet your hands more frequently to prevent the dough from clumping onto your hands if you don’t chill it before balling it up.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake cookies for about 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet. Remove and let cool on wire racks. Makes about 48 cookies. Enjoy by itself, or even better, with milk!

Happy holidays!

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~ by thankgoditsfood on December 25, 2009.

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