Oaty Apple and Cranberry Cookies

    1 hour 25 min

    These delicious cookies will warm the cockles of your heart. They are warmly spiced, sweet and packed full of oats, cherries, apples and cranberries.

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    Makes: 7 dozen, depending on size

    • 225g butter, softened
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 440g dark brown soft sugar
    • 500g apple sauce
    • 250g plain flour
    • 485g porridge oats
    • 240g dried cherries
    • 180g dried cranberries

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:1hr resting  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

    1. Cream together butter, cinnamon, cardamom, bicarbonate of soda and dark brown soft sugar. Mix in apple sauce. Gradually blend in flour and then the oats. Stir in dried cherries and cranberries. Let dough rest for 1 hour.
    2. Drop the heaped teaspoons of the batter onto ungreased baking trays.
    3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Cool on wire rack.

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    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!  -  12 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  19 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  19 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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