Trail Mix Cookies

2013-01-19
  • Yield : 20 cookies
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 25m

I love these cookies! I know they’re not extremely healthy because of the butter and sugar, but the fact that they have fruit and nuts makes me feel less guilty about eating them.

If you’re rushed for time, try making them into bars. And the cookie dough freezes great!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup non-dairy margarine
  • 1/8 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 of a banana, mushed
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water)
  • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of chopped, unsalted nuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (any bite-sized or diced dried fruit would be tasty)

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream the butter and the shortening with the sugars and beat in the applesauce, banana, baking soda mixture, flour, salt, and vanilla.

Step 2

Stir in the oats, chocolate chips,nuts, and dried fruit. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough about four inches apart onto greased baking sheets and flatten each mound into a round, about three inches in diameter.

Step 3

Bake the cookies in batches in the middle of a preheated 375°F. oven for about eight minutes, or until they are golden, transfer them to cooling racks, and let them cool.

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"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy. My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy, 'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways... we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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