Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Reduced in Fat & Sugar

You’ll notice that I have not totally eliminated either the sugar or the fat in this recipe –  a huge mistake when trying to “cut back”.  Leaving in a portion of the fat and sugar and replacing that portion with a comparable product, helps to make reduced products more closely taste and look like the original.  In this recipe, I use applesauce to replace both some of the sugar as well as some of the fat (Butter).  You may try substituting mashed banana in place of applesauce, but I find that applesauce does not impart a strong flavor as banana does.  This recipe makes 2-1/2 dozen small cookies.

Cream in mixer bowl with paddle attachment:
4 Tabl. Butter, soft
1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I used reduced fat Peanut Butter)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Add to the bowl:
1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1 Egg, large
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Mix together and add to the above:
3/4 cup AP Flour
3/4 cup Oatmeal (Old-Fashioned or Quick)
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt

DO NOT OVERMIX.  Mix just until all dry  ingredients are incorporated.  (This is a soft dough) Refrigerate fro 30 minutes.  Drop by Tabl. on parchment lined baking sheet.  Spray a spoon or your fingers with oil (I used Pam Butter Spray) and slightly flatten the cookies.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  Cool.


About bakingway

Baker/Pastry Chef for over 25 years.

Posted on February 4, 2011, in Cookies, Healthier Snacks/Desserts, Recipes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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