Oatmeal Cookies Minus the Dairy & Egg
1/2 cup of margarine (Earth Balance Buttery Spread) and/or shortening (Spectrum)
1/2 cup plain sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup raisins (or chopped prunes, dried apricots, chocolate chips, nuts, etc)
Cream together the shortening, Earth Balance, and sugars. Add the applesauce and vanilla, and beat until fluffy. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine with the oatmeal. Mix the flour mixture into the liquid mixture about 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in the raisins. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or use baking spray). Drop generous spoons of the cookie dough onto the sheet, about 1 inch apart (these don't spread much), flatten each drop a bit with the back of a wet spoon, or just use your finger dipped in water. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (or until slightly golden brown), transfer to a wire rack to cool, and eat! Makes roughly three dozen cookies.