Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup light or dark molasses
  • 7 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat large baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. For rolling sugar:  In food processor, pulse 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tablespoon orange zest until well combined.  Transfer to a shallow dish.
  3. For dough:  In blender, grind oats until reduced to fine powder, about 1-2 minutes.  Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, use electric mixer on medium-high to beat together butter and 1/3 cup granulated sugar for 5 minutes.  Add brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons orange zest, then beat for 2 minutes.
  5. Add molasses, applesauce, egg yolk, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, pepper, salt.  Beat on medium-high until incorporated, about 30 seconds.
  6. Turn mixer to medium and slowly add ground oats.  Then, slowly add flour.  Dough will be moderately sticky.
  7. Roll dough into Tablespoon-sized balls, then roll balls in rolling sugar to coat.  If necessary, wet fingers to help roll without sticking.
  8. In batches, bake cookies 10 minutes or until edges are set and tops are cracked but centers are still soft and puffy.  Let cool on baking sheet.
Servings Serving Size Calories Fat Protein Carbohydrate
40 1 cookie    85 2 g 1 g          16 g

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