My favorite recipe adapted many times from its original. Always a big hit due to taste of the cookies, and because they are low fat. The perfect on the go breakfast food.

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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream butter or margarine, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, and brown sugar. Mix in applesauce. Gradually blend in flour, and then oats. Stir in dried. Let dough sit for one hour.

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  • Drop by teaspoonful onto ungreased baking sheet.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

179 calories; 5.2 g total fat; 12 mg cholesterol; 81 mg sodium. 31.3 g carbohydrates; 2.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
OK I admit I was a bit wary being I hate cranberries so I halved the recipe. Now I wish I made the full recipe. The cookies came out moist and delicious with a little bit of tang. Kinda like an apple cranberry muffin... I didn't have any cardamom or whatever it was called so I left it out they still came out wonderful. I will definitely make them again. I made these as a snack for a road trip they are filling because of the oatmeal and healthy as well. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/29/2009
I made the recipe as stated. It was moist but I did not care for the flavor. Read More
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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
OK I admit I was a bit wary being I hate cranberries so I halved the recipe. Now I wish I made the full recipe. The cookies came out moist and delicious with a little bit of tang. Kinda like an apple cranberry muffin... I didn't have any cardamom or whatever it was called so I left it out they still came out wonderful. I will definitely make them again. I made these as a snack for a road trip they are filling because of the oatmeal and healthy as well. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2003
OK I admit I was a bit wary being I hate cranberries so I halved the recipe. Now I wish I made the full recipe. The cookies came out moist and delicious with a little bit of tang. Kinda like an apple cranberry muffin... I didn't have any cardamom or whatever it was called so I left it out they still came out wonderful. I will definitely make them again. I made these as a snack for a road trip they are filling because of the oatmeal and healthy as well. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2008
Fantastic! I absolutely loved them while my husband was less enthusiastic but then I do the baking and we eat very few sweets. In fact after the inital taste test the rest of the recipe is headed to IRAQ in a goodie box for a great friend who's stationed there. He & his crew love oatmeal so this should definitely fit the bill; and the tartness of the dried fruit is perfect. The recipe will be on my replay list. The only change I made to the recipe was to use a whole jar of chunky applesauce rather than the smooth. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2005
I increased the amount of cardamom to 1/2 tsp, replaced the cinnamon with 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp nutmeg, added 1/2 cup extra flour, and let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge. (I added the extra flour because my homemade applesauce was a bit thin.) The cookies turned out very tasty and were a big hit. The cardamom really does make a difference; if you can't get it at your local supermarket, it can be ordered from online spice stores. It's really worth it. I'll probably make these again if I have kids coming over, but next time I'll chop the dried cherries and cranberries before adding them to make a more even mixture. I'll also bake the cookies at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time, since even with the extra flour they're still a bit soft. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2009
Wow we love these! They are very filling cookies. I used soy bean oil in place of half of the butter it is a healthier fat. Mine turned out very moist not cake-like at all but it may be because I used the oil. I added some white chocolate chips in one third of the batch dark chocolate chips in another third and one third with no chips. Our favorite was the white chocolate chip batch. I will be making these again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2004
These cookies have just enough butter to keep them from tasting too 'healthy'. I followed the instructions exactly (except for the cardamom which I didn't have). The taste is excellent like those soft brekfast bars you can buy at the stores. They don't seem to spread at all though so I flattened them slightly before baking to make them look more like cookies and less like haystacks. This one's definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2012
Awesome! I couldn't find any dried cranberries so I used copped dried apricots and they are delish!! I brought 2 dozen to work:) Oh and I've never used cardamom in this recipe. I never have any on-hand! UPDATE: When I make this recipe I often use a combination of dried apricots cranberries and raisins. SO yummy Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2003
Very tasty. I like that there are no eggs in the recipe. The cookies cooked up nicely a little cake-y but delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
I was skeptical when I was in the process of making these. In part because it didn't really look like cookie dough and also because I made another "breakfast cookie" from this site that had pretty good reviews and it was not good imo. But this one is FANTASTIC! I didn't have cranberry's so I subbed raisins. I used the dried cherries (cut them in 1/2 b/c I'm feeding them to my little guys). I used pumpkin pie spice because I didn't have any cardormom and I kept the original amt. of cinnamon even with the pumpkin pie spice. I also added a splash of vanilla extract. These are so so so good. I kid you not. I formthem into little patty's with my hands before baking them - and only bake them for 10 mins max! They'll keep baking after you take them out of the oven so don't over bake them and dry them out. I keep mine in a tupperware container or large freezer bags throw a piece of bread in the bag to keep them moist through out the week- although they don't last a whole wk in my home. EDIT: I used apple cider today instead of apple sauce as it's all I had. Took it over the top. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2011
I'm from Italy and I tried this cookies last saturday. I omit the spices because my family don't like cinnamon and the cardamom is difficult to find here as dried cherries and brown sugar. So I halved the recipes and used only dried cranberries and demerara sugar. I think they're very good cookies but a bit too sweet. They're great with a good cappuccino for breakfast and after dinner with a glass of milk. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/29/2009
I made the recipe as stated. It was moist but I did not care for the flavor. Read More
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