Live from Black Friday, I've interrupted my previously scheduled "ohmigod-Thanksgiving-dinner-was-amazing-and-I'm-never-eating-again" post for a brief serenade to the Iced Oatmeal Applesauce Cookies that I made earlier this week.
Before I went home for the week I wanted to whip up some sort of fall-flavored baked good that I'd been itching to make for awhile, but avoided since I live alone and need to plan my baking strategically so I don't wind up coming home from happy hour to be greeted by a dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies, I figured that before I headed off to see my family it was a good time to give my oven some exercise.
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
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
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Make icing: Whisk confectioners' sugar, syrup, and 3 tablespoons water until smooth. Drizzle over cookies, let set.
4.Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies. The best part about these is that they're soft, chewy and not entirely bad-for-you. With old-fashioned oats and sweet plump golden raisins tossed into the mix, you don't have to feel guilty having 2 (or 3....or 7....come on, it's a holiday week!) They're even great with or without the icing.
*Shown without the icing due to technical difficulties (aka my camera battery died and though I brought my laptop, iPod, cell phone and every possible charger imaginable, my digital camera's battery charger was not among them. Naturally it's the only thing that died on me this week. But these were too good not to post, icing or no icing.