One thing that brings me joy is baking. Baking for my kids, family and friends is a favorite. My family loves to spend time together creating things in the kitchen. Some of my favorite memories have been in the kitchen with my family! Here is a great recipe we created. Enjoy!

Reduced Fat Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1  cup pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup (1 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups Raisinets

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast pecans by placing them on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes (watch closely), or until crisp. Cool, then chop coarsely.

In a bowl cream  butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With  mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and in the vanilla and applesauce.

Stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Fold in the oats, Raisinets, and pecans and mix just until combined.

Using a small ice-cream scoop (two tablespoon size), drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto un-greased cookie sheet or cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten the cookie balls slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.

The Raisinets are a fun addition to this recipe — chocolate and raisins are a winning combination!

What brings you Enlightened Enjoyment? I find it’s the simple things, those unexpected moments every day. Like a snuggle with my littlest girl, or when I see my teen doing something thoughtful and kind,  or dropping my son of at college and seeing how far we have all come. Life is full of these moments.

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  1. Enlightened moments are those quiet moments by myself when I think about where I’ve been and where I am going and who is with me on this ride.

  2. My “enlightened moments” are usually found at the bottom of a wine glass…or bottle, depending on my mood LOL.

  3. Sorry, misspelled my own name in the previous comment…

    But here again: These sound yummy! I might have to try this recipe.

  4. An enlightened moment? Can’t think of one right now because all I can think about is how I want one or two or three of those awesome-looking oatmeal raisin cookies!

  5. I love the early morning, with my coffee, the sunrise, and my Bible. Peaceful. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  6. I have those moment when I read my fb post by an old friend that now has 5 small kids that she home schools!

  7. It’s an enlightened moment each morning when my boys wake up with a smile. It makes 5 AM so much better.

  8. I have enlightened moments when I go to my local beautiful apple orchard and have an apple cider donut 🙂

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