Cookies for the Holidays
It’s that time of year again when baked goods run rampant and we try to show our appreciation for others with candy and sweets in the good name of Christmas . . . And let’s be honest we all like to indulge. Here is a healthy-version recipe for christmas cookies that you don’t have to feel guilty about:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. allspice (or to taste)
3 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste)
2 tsp. ginger (or to taste)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 ¼ cups unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. grated orange rind (optional)
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup almonds crushed (easiest if you buy slivered almonds)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dried fruit (cranberries are my favorite!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, spices and stir well.
In a separate large bowl, beat eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, and brown sugar until well mixed.
Add orange rind, vanilla, oats, almonds, seeds and combine well.
Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir until well mixed with no clumps. Add dried fruit.
Place cookies on lightly greased cookie sheet approx. 1 tbsp in size. Press down lightly with a fork to make cookie shape.
Bake for approx. 15-20 min. Keep in mind duration of cooking will change from oven to oven. If cookies are starting to golden or are firm to the touch they are ready to go. Remember they will cook a little more once out of the oven! Enjoy not feeling the guilt with these cookies!
**This recipe should make 2 dozen cookies.