Oats and Black Cherries ~ who knew?


In an effort to make a healthier oatmeal cookies, I remembered an old recipe that used unsweetened applesauce as a substitution for some of the butter, eggs and sugar. I searched in all my recipe binders, card files, and nooks & crannies where I keep recipes but I could not find it. So I decided to experiment and figure it out for myself!

I also wanted to jazz it up a bit. Raisins are usually found in an oatmeal cookie recipe but any dried fruit will do really. I thought of cherries. Cherries are good. I can get dried black cherries that are unsweetened and unsulfered at my local Trader Joe’s. Bingo!

My box of old-fashioned oats has a basic recipe that “leaves lots of room for creativity”according to the caption under the recipe title. So off I went, cutting in half the butter, eggs and sugar; and adding 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce in its place.

These cookies have a different texture than traditional ones, and the flavor is fabulous!

Oatmeal Cookies with Applesauce and Dried Cherries


1/4 lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temp

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1-1/2 cups 100% white whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped dried dark sweet cherries (preferably unsweetened)

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add applesauce and egg; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix on low speed until blended. Add cherries and nuts; mix on medium speed just until combined.

Drop by heaping spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons’ worth) onto greased baking sheets (or use parchment or silicone baking mats) placing about 1-1/2 inches apart. Flatten the cookies slightly using the bottom of a small glass dish or drinking glass dipped in flour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Makes about 36 cookies, depending on how heaping your spoons are!


About Sherri

Health Foodie. Beauty Seeker. Christ Follower.
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