Sunday, August 16, 2009

Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Cookies

2 tbs butter
2 tbs grape seed or vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 whole egg or 2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cups chopped dates, currants or raisins
2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup chopped pecans

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, grape seed oil brown and granulated sugars. Beat in honey, applesauce and egg. Whisk together flours, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk sifted mixture together with oats. Add to wet mixture in thirds, beating on medium until combined. Fold in fruit and nuts until evenly distributed. Do not over mix.

Using a small (approx 1/4 cup) ice cream scoop, scoop mixture onto greased or Silpat-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a sugar-dipped fork and bake for about 15-18 minutes at 350F, until lightly golden. Let cool for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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