For a baker, the annual Christmas cookie exchange is a highly anticipated event. Not only is it an excuse to whip out your mixer, it’s also the perfect occasion for trying out a new recipe. After all, you’re guaranteed a large group of hungry test tasters! Since the Christmas season is typically filled with rich, supremely sweet desserts, I like to take a healthy twist on a classic cookie for my exchange contribution.
This year, oatmeal cookies made with applesauce do the trick!
These Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies have the same soft, chewy texture of classic oatmeal raisin cookies. But by swapping out some of the butter for applesauce, you cut down on calories and add a nice subtle apple flavor. And while I feature dried cranberries in this recipe, you could easily use the traditional raisins, or even try walnuts for fantastic apple walnut cookie.
But no matter what ingredients you choose, don’t forget the spiced glaze on top! With a mix of cinnamon, clove and allspice, the drizzle adds a delightful seasonal flavor and a wonderful festive touch. All in all, the perfect contribution to a healthier cookie exchange!
Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies
1 ¼ cups GF Flour Mix
1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
¾ teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
1 Tablespoon milk
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together GF Flour Mix, oats, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together melted butter and sugars on low speed until combined. Add in egg, applesauce and vanilla, mixing until well blended, about 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the whisked dry ingredients and dried cranberries (or raisins), beating until mixture is evenly combined.
Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden and just set, about 13 to 15 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper to cool completely.
Once cookies have cooled, prepare icing. Whisk together powdered sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice until evenly combined. Gradually mix in milk (adding additional amounts as necessary), until icing is smooth and has a pourable consistency. Drizzle over cookies, and let set.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Total Carbohydrate: 25g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
*nutrition facts are estimations