5 Tbs vegan butter, slightly softened (we used Earth Balance Organic Coconut Spread*)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/3 cup of flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried apple rings, finely chopped
*note: this does impart a slight coconut flavor, so, you can use margarine instead if you don't care for coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment. Mix the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the applesauce & mix. Add the rolled oats and mix a bit more. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Add the flour and baking soda and mix once more. Finally, fold in the nuts and apples. Drop by tablespoonfuls on to the cookie sheet. Bake for around 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 16 sweet, soft, apple-y cookies. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from The Big Book of Cookies by Catherine Atkinson. The original recipe calls for butter, eggs, additional white sugar, salt, and raisins. I added the nuts, and eliminated the animal products, raisins, and extra sugar.