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No mixer, no problem Oatmeal Cookies

All you need is one large bowl to mix up these…

Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

1 1/3 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1/4 cup oat bran
1 egg, lightly beaten or 1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
scant 1/2 cup canola oil
1 T molasses
1 3/4 cup uncooked oatmeal (old fashion or quick cooking)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, oat bran together and stir in remaining ingredients. Arrange by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets and bake until edges brown (about 15 minutes).

Cool on racks. Makes 40-60 cookies

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Monster Cookies

Oatmeal – Cranberry Cookies

These delicious cookies are curiously addictive. 

3/4 cup unsalted butter (can substitute canola oil for some of the butter)

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar (light or dark)

2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute

1 1/2 T honey

2 t orange extract Image

1/4 t salt

2 cups flour

18 ounces rolled or quick cooking oats

12 ounces fresh cranberries, chopped (can use fresh/frozen without thawing)

1/2 cup raisins

chopped zest of 1 orange

1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment.

Cream butter and sugar, add applesauce and continue to beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, honey, extract and salt until consistency is smooth. 

Using your hands add in the flour and oats along with the cranberries, raisins, zest and nuts. You will need a VERY LARGE bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. 

Form dough into patties about 1/2″ thick and 3 inches in diameter (like a hamburger). 

Bake until lightly browned 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire racks.  Cookies can be frozen after baking. 

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Chef Up to the Plate fans, tomorrow is my daughter’s graduation from Graduate School! She has requested the following cookies to help celebrate the occasion. Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies and there are many good recipes out there. However, I have never had any CCC that I like better than these.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 T unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or about 1/2 that if using double-strength

1 1/8 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked)

1 cup semi or bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 2 cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

Cream the butter with the sugars till smooth, add the vanilla and the egg till mixed in.

By hand, add the flour, salt, baking soda, oatmeal and chips till well mixed.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets about 1 ” apart. Bake 8-10 minutes till lightly browned, a little longer if you like them well done.