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Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

Ingredients:

1/4 cup reduced-fat margarine (8 grams of fat per tablespoon), melted

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup unbleached white flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)

 

Streusel glaze topping:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons water (you can add a teaspoon more, if needed)

1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat melted margarine and brown sugar on low speed until combined. Add egg and applesauce; continue to beat till blended (about 2 minutes).
  2. Stop mixer and add oats, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to bowl with margarine mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl. Stir in cranberries or chosen dried fruit pieces.
  3. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough scoops (about 1/8 cup of dough) onto jellyroll pan lined with parchment paper, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake just until set (about 12 minutes). Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make icing: In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, water and maple flavoring, stirring until smooth. Add another 1/2 teaspoon or two of water for desired drizzling consistency. Put cooled cookies side by side in jellyroll pan and, using a teaspoon, drizzle glaze over cookies.

Yield: Makes about 24 cookies

Source: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/healthier-holiday-cookie-recipes

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