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Hey, friends! Happy Friday eve! How’s your week going? Mine was chugging right along until yesterday. Wednesday was a bit of a day! Now in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t really anything all that bad, and there are lots of really big things happening right now, so I hate to sound whiny. But it was a bit of a rough one yesterday. Work was super busy, and right as it was wrapping up for the day I got a call that my dude had a high fever. So we then spent the afternoon in the doctor’s office. Just me, a sick dude and an into everything little miss. It looks like the little guy just has another cold, so fingers crossed he is feeling better asap and the babies get a break from the bugs for a while.
I made the original version of these ranger cookies for my little guy the last time he was sick. The originals are delicious (recipe here) and I would highly recommend them. It is an old Better Homes and Garden recipe. While delicious, they are pretty full of butter and sugar, which is fine, but we ate them much quicker than I like to admit. Given how quickly we blew through them, I wanted to come up with a lighter version. I subbed out butter/oil for unsweetened applesauce and cut the sugar in half. This resulted in a softer cookie. But still, with all the delicious flavors we loved from the original recipe.
Lightened up Ranger Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- pinch of salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Lightly spray baking pan. Add all ingredients in a bowl except oats, coconut, and dried cranberries. Mix until well incorporated. Once well mixed add in remaining ingredients (oats, coconut, and cranberries) and gently fold in. Place scoops of dough on the baking pan, allowing about two inches of space between each cookie. Back for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
Question: What is your favorite cookie? Do you prefer crispy or soft? I love chocolate chip with pecans, and like my cookies with crispy edges and a soft center.
Hope you have a great day!