Roasted Applesauce Cookies

I make a large batch of Roasted Applesauce every other month or so and then freeze it in individual containers to enjoy whenever I am craving it. I prefer roasting my applesauce then cooking it on the stovetop as I find roasting it really intensifies the sweet apple flavor. I decided to bake some cookies with some of my applesauce this past week, and adapted an old favorite raisin spice cookie recipe to include applesauce. I then tweaked the recipe further to make it a little healthier by substituting olive oil for the butter, and some whole wheat pastry flour for half the regular all-purpose flour. The cookies turned out great, and I am sure I will be making them often in the future.

 
Why Healthy

  • Apples are are a good food source of vitamin C which is important for supporting a healthy immune system, forming collagen and enhancing iron absorption and rich in healthy carbohydrates needed for energy.
  • Olive oil was used in place of butter from the original recipe.
  • Nuts are a good source of protein and are rich in phytosterols which help to lower cholesterol. Also rich in fiber and vitamin E.

 

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Roasted Applesauce Cookies

Roasted applesauce really brings out the apple goodness in these cookies.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Roasted Applesauce
3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Dash of Sea Salt
1/2 Cup raisins
3/4 Cup Chopped Toasted Walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat the oil and sugar together until smooth, then add the egg and applesauce. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix together the two flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture and stir just until blended. Add the raisins and walnuts and stir to combine.
Use a tablespoon to drop two inch sized balls of dough on to a prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until set and golden brown.
Cool.
Store in a airtight container.

 

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