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Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

I was looking for a new cookie recipe that would produce delicious cookies but without violating all health-food recommendations. Then I came across this recipe and thought I would give it a try. It sounded intriguing but I was also a bit skeptical. The dough was much thinner than any cookie dough that I had ever made. The baked cookies, however, were delicious and we have already made them several times.

(Adapted from Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal, and Local Ingredients by Jessy Ziff Cool)

1 cup organic flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup raw organic sugar
1 large organic egg
½ cup unsweetened organic applesauce
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preparation (Preparation time approximately 30 minutes):
1. Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. With a wooden spoon, stir in the oats, and nuts, if using.

3. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Make sure to not overbake the cookies.

Applesauce oatmeal cookies

Applesauce oatmeal cookies

Note: Egg can be replaced to make vegan option.
1 egg = 1 tablespoon flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water (well-mixed and heated)

Healthful benefits:
* Using applesauce keeps these cookies moist, but without all the added calories from butter.
* Organic unsweetened applesauce also provides many of the benefits of raw apples, such as containing fiber and vitamin C.
* Oats are rich in vitamin B and E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and fiber.