Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bookmarked Recipes & Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies

This week is my turn to host Bookmarked Recipes, originated by Ruth's Kitchen Experiments. If you'd like to participate, simply make and blog about a recipe from a magazine, cookbook, blog or website (which means that most posts can qualify for this roundup). The roundup is posted on Monday!

1. Pick a recipe from a book/magazine/blog/website/tv show and make it. (Note you can only submit 1 recipe per week)
2. Blog about it
- include where you got the recipe in your blog post (including a link to their website if possible)
- include a link to this post or this blog in your blog post
- include the logo (see above) for Bookmarked Recipes in your blog post
- include a photo of your recreation on your blog post
3. Email bookmarkedrecipes[AT]gmail[DOT]com with the following information:
- Your name
- The name of your blog
- The URL of your blog
- The permalink for your entry
- A photo of your entry
- A note of where you got your recipe from

Here's my submission to Bookmarked Recipes...

I decided to take a brief pause from my baking hiatus.

This past Thursday was the second to last knitting night at the knitting store (sob!). Regardless of whether the wool, patterns, etc. were purchased at the store, I can count on getting help there. This is great because I've needed a lot of help. I've been going into at least weekly to get help with some sort of screw up on my shawl. I'm telling you - this Victorian Lace is going to make me crazy. The thing about knitting is that you're only as good as your ability to fix your mistake. The patterns in and of themselves aren't generally very difficult. It's just being able to undo something when you get off track that can be the tricky part.

I wanted to bring in a treat for the ladies in the store, but mainly for the one woman who helps me out regularly. So, I decided to bring cookies.

Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies
original source


1 cup all-purpose flour (or whole-wheat)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 large egg
1/2 cup applesauce (or use 1 cup and increase flour by 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (for variety, try almond extract)

1 1/3 cups oats
3/4 cup raisins


½ cup walnuts.
½ teaspoon of a spice like cinnamon or nutmeg.


Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.Thinly cover baking sheet(s) with butter, margarine, or cooking spray. In the mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a second bowl, or in the bowl of the electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until smooth (I use a bowl and a fork). Slightly beat the egg with a fork in a cup. To the second mixing bowl, add applesauce, the egg, and the vanilla. Mix or stir until smoothly mixed. Add the applesauce mixture to the flour mixture slowly and mix thoroughly. If using an electric mixer, remove the bowl.
Stir in the oats and raisins. Add nuts and spices if desired.

Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets about two inches apart.
Bake until golden brown: 10 to 12 minutes, depending on humidity of your location.
Remove the baking sheet(s) from the oven and cool on wire racks or tea towels (5-6 minutes). Remove cookies from baking sheet(s) with a spatula and allow to cool more completely on a cookie plate. Store in a cookie jar or air-tight container.

Overall, the cookies were lower-cal - so that's a plus. But, I can't say they were amazing. The whole wheat flour makes for a very chewy-textured cookie. Plus, being lower in sugar, they didn't have a prominent sugar flavour that gives taste to most cookies. But, the cookies achieved their goal - to express my gratitude for all of the help I've received from the store. The lady that helps me regularly said, "Isn't that nice...you brought cookies for the teacher". StumbleUpon


GypsyMommy said...

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Ivy said...

What a lovely gesture and I bet they enjoyed the cookies.

kat said...

Oh no what is happening to your knitting night? I hope its not the case of another knitting store closing

Ben said...

Oh shoot! Thanks for the reminder, I still need to send the email for the event :-p Yummy cookies :D

Deborah said...

I've been making a lot of cookies lately, and these look fantastic!

grace said...

those are some incredibly unique-looking cookies! they're almost scone-like. i love the use of applesauce and admire your knitting prowess. :)

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PG said...

kat - yup....another store closing. Unfortunately.

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