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Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I had 2 problems when I made these cookies:

1 – even when I am cooking for someone else, I have a hard time not wanting to try new recipes. I really love trying new recipes, and I see cooking dinner for someone else as an opportunity to get out those cookbooks!! But the bad thing about this is you never quite know what you are going to get as an end result. It’s always a gamble!

2 – I really need to learn to trust my instincts. I think that I’ve been cooking for long enough now that when something doesn’t look quite right, I really should follow that feeling in my gut to make things right.

I was making dinner for a neighbor and wanted to take a dessert, so I went to a trusted cookbook – Martha Stewart’s Cookies. I chose out these Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies – a recipe I had been wanting to try. I mixed up all the ingredients and went to put the dough on the cookie sheets, but the dough didn’t seem quite right. It wasn’t as firm as most cookie dough. I thought about adding more flour, but then told myself that this cookbook hasn’t let me down yet so I should just stick to the recipe. I should have followed my instinct. The first batch of the cookies came out of the oven flat as pancakes. There was no way I’d be able to give them away like that! I started to panic, wondering to myself why I didn’t make a recipe that I knew would work right. Luckily, I went back to that original instinct, added some more flour, and the next batch came out beautifully. They still weren’t a perfect oatmeal cookie in my opinion, but they were good enough to give away. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson(s) for next time!!

Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies
from Martha Stewart’s Cookies

Makes 2-3 dozen

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup chunky-style applesauce
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour **I needed more, although I don’t remember how much more I added!
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup golden raisins
1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Make cookies: Preheat oven to 350. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until combined. Add egg and applesauce, mix until well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix in raisins.

Using a 1-1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until golden and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack set over parchment paper; let cool completely.

Make icing: Whisk confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, and 3 tablespoons water until smooth. Drizzle over cookies, let set.

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16 Responses to Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies

  1. Sophie says:

    I just saw these pop up and had to head on over. They are so darn pretty! Applesauce works great in an oatmeal cookie recipe, keeps them moist and delicious.

  2. Ryley says:

    I'm suprised that you can get cookie recipes to turn out well straight out of a cookbook at the elevation we live at. I *always* add more flour.
    You're right though, you've been doing this long enough. Trust your gut more!
    These cookies make me crave the crispy Mothers ice oatmeal cookies. :)

  3. Ingrid says:

    I hope I've come to that stage in my baking "career" but like you will probably second guess myself.
    ~ingrid

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    What pretty cookies! A delightful combo!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Patsyk says:

    They turned out really pretty in spite of the flour issue. I wonder what caused the problem as I would have done as you did since that cookbook hasn't let me down yet… will keep your change in mind when I get to this one!

  6. Katie says:

    These look soooo delicious! I've starred to make. They have all my favorite ingredients! :)

  7. kristina says:

    I would have done just the same as you with the first batch. I definitely tend to trust the books more than myself, even when I know I shouldn't! Well done saving the second batch! K x

  8. kamailesfood says:

    Mmm…these make me think of Mother's Iced Oatmeal cookies. Yum!

  9. Cynthia says:

    Hey Debbie, how are you? Hope your summer is going well. It seems like ages since I've visited.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Im glad you trusted your instincts with these cookies. I get that way to new recipes too….
    The end result of these looks sooo good though!!! mmmm!!

  11. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look good! I like the sound of using apple sauce in the cookies.

  12. eatme_delicious says:

    Those first 2 points you wrote, I feel exactly the same! I've been disappointed by some recipes recently because I just thought I'd follow them rather than change things to better suit my tastes or to fix them.

  13. Esi says:

    Well I am sorry you had some problems with them, but it looks like you were able to fix them pretty well. I definitely want to try them some time.

  14. Liesl says:

    I have been dying to make these cookies out of Martha's cookbook!!! I love that cookbook! Now I think I am going to have to put that on my "to do" list for this weekend!

  15. fionabakesandcrafts says:

    I've made these cookies a couple times and I've never had that problem. Kind of funny how that happens to some people and others have no problem. They still looked delicious though!

  16. Lisa says:

    I find with all oatmeal recipe cookies that it can always take more oatmeal than adding more flour. I will also use 2 different kids of oatmeal – steel cut and rolled for added texture. The icing really makes these cookies!

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