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When my nephew started preschool this year, my sister and I wanted to create some snacks that were healthier than the usual cookies for his lunchbag. We decreased the sugar and shortening, added applesauce and cranberries, and they are delicious. It's a healthier cookie that isn't too sweet; great for kids of all ages!


  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbls. honey
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, cream together shortening, sugars, eggs, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in oats, cranberries, and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets lined with Reynold's parchment paper.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake.
  • * For a heartier cookie, try whole wheat flour!

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