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applesauce-oatmeal raisin cookies

When I need to bring a dessert, or cookies to someone’s house, this is often the recipe I make. These cookies are moist and delicious, and made slightly healthier by using applesauce in them (just be sure to keep a few behind for yourself!)

Cooking spray, for greasing

2/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, optional

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
3. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, combine butter, oil and brown sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add applesauce, egg white and vanilla and mix again. Add flour mixture and mix just until just combined. Stir in raisins and walnuts (if using).
4. Using a tablespoon, drop cookie dough into balls on prepared baking sheet. Gently press cookies down to flatten slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned and soft. Cool completely on wire rack.

Makes 12 cookies.


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