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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I like this!
Cookies sound delicious, Plan to bake them soon.
I am lucky enough to have enlightened moments fron the moment I wake up in the morning. My 23 year old daughter is always making me proud, our little Cockeranian Icarus is always making me laugh (he just carried a bag of potato chips over to me so I could help him get one out), and then I go to work with 33 4-year-olds in Pre-K, where every day is a joy.
I love granola with Raisinets. Of course, that is when I don’t eat them all first!! It is a sure way to get ooooh’s and ahhhhh’s with kids and grown-up kids, too.
I love Raisinets – the cookies sound yummy! Can’t wait to try – thanks for the idea and receipe.
My enlightened moments come early in the morning when the house is still quiet and I’m having some “Mommy Time”