Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coconut extract

2 cups oatmeal

1 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup golden raisins

3 tablespoons chopped nuts (I used pistachios)

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

-In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.

-Add in the applesauce, egg whites, vanilla and coconut extracts and blend to combine.

-In a large bowl, whisk together the oatmeal, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

-Working in increments, add the flour mixture to the butter sugar mixture (1/3 at a time) and mix together until completely combined.

-Using a wooden spoon, stir in the raisins and the chopped nuts.

-Drop the dough by tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2" apart.

-Using the bottom of a glass that has been lightly coated with cooking spray, lightly press the cookies down to form flattened discs.

-Bake for approximately 13-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.

-Cool completely on a wire rack.