National OCD

In honor of National Oatmeal Cookie Day (OCD) coming up next month on March 18th, I encourage you to make a big batch. I created this recipe with a healthy spin on the cookie, see the apple sauce and no oil. But you'll just have to see for yourself - oh and share with the kids. The true secret is in the quality of the rolled oats. Now who desn't like a fresh baked oatmeal cookie? 

George's Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe by George Hirsch | Makes 1 1/2 to 2 dozen cookies

From George Hirsch Living it UP! TV series companion cookbook

6 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 1/2 rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 350° F.

Mix the butter, applesauce, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Sift the flour with salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Fold in the oats, raisins and nuts.

Make into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges begin to set. 

TIP: Do not over bake! The cookies will carry the heat and continue to bake when removed from the oven.