Yes, I did make an iced cookie (of the pumpkin variety) very recently. But that’s not a reason to put off making another one! I have to say, this one was also a success. Using applesauce lightened up the recipe and also kept the cookies very moist. In fact, they were even tastier the second day.
If you don’t like raisins or walnuts, leave them out if you must. (But, you shouldn’t…) Add in some more cinnamon or even nutmeg and ginger if you want. But DO use chunky applesauce. All of the reviews from the original recipe made it clear that you’ll have flat cookies if you go with the smooth stuff. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the applesauce. Stay tuned — I see an applesauce inspired recipe coming soon
Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart Living
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup chunky-style applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until combined. Add egg, vanilla and applesauce. Mix until well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix in walnuts and raisins.
Drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper; let cool completely.
To make the icing: Whisk powdered sugar, syrup, and 3 tablespoon milk until smooth. Drizzle over cookies, let set. Once the maple icing is set, these can be stored in single layers in airtight containers for up to three days or frozen for later.