Coble adapted this recipe from one on the Quaker Oats box for "Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies." She adjusted the recipe to make cookies more healthful, using less fat, less sugar and whole grain in place of white flour. She expanded the dried fruit options to include blueberries, cranberries or other favorites. And she said the cookies are wonderful with black walnuts.
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Coble adjusted the recipe 15 to 20 times before she got it the way she wanted it, and now she gets raves from people who try them. She keeps 20 copies of the recipe in her desk drawer, because every time she makes the cookies, people ask for the recipe.
She always doubles this recipe. Cookies freeze well and can be kept in the refrigerator in warm weather to prevent spoilage.
Spicy oatmeal, dried fruit and nut cookies
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup applesauce
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs (see cook's note)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (see cook's note)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon allspice
3 cups oatmeal, uncooked