10-12 mins Servings: 12 Ingredients 1 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Sugar & Spice 8 For more Amazing Desserts Recipes, come to our site.
Prep Time: 20-30 mins
Cook Time: 10-12 mins
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon Oatmeal Mix
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
- 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2 carrots)
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In: Sugar & Spice.
- In a second mixing bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thickened and smooth. Fold in carrot and applesauce.
- Add dry ingredients and stir until completely combined. Fold in oats.
- Shape about 1 ½ tablespoons of dough into balls and place on prepared sheet pans. Makes 24 cookies.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. Cool cookies completely.
- Whisk together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Spread cream cheese frosting on the bottom of 12 cookies and top with a second cookie to make a sandwich.
- 250 Calories (kcal)
- 10 Fat (g)
- 6 Saturated Fat (g)
- 39 Carbohydrates (g)
- 1 Fiber (g)
- 23 Sugar (g)
- 3 Protein (g)
- 25 Cholesterol (mg)
- 75 Sodium (mg)
Oatmeal cookies provide a way to have a treat and gain vital nutrients, too. While they aren’t as nutritious as unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, they provide more nutritional benefits than many other cookies — especially if you make them yourself or choose prepared cookies carefully.
Because oatmeal cookies contain oats, which are a whole grain, they provide fiber. While they vary by brand and ingredients, two oatmeal cookies provides about 1 gram of fiber, versus zero fiber found in sugar cookies. If your oatmeal cookies have raisins, that amount may increase to 1.5 grams. For even more fiber, use whole-grain flour, which contains around six times as much fiber as white flour. This is the difference of a gram or two of fiber per serving versus only trace amounts.
Because of the added fiber, oatmeal cookies have a lower glycemic index than other cookies. This means they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, so you’ll have better energy levels and appetite control after eating them. They’re still sweets, however, so if you’re particularly sensitive to sugary fare, consider preparing oatmeal cookies with less sugar or using the natural noncaloric sweetener, stevia, instead. You can also pair oatmeal cookies with milk — or other protein- or fiber-rich foods — to lower the glycemic impact.
For many people, oatmeal cookies just aren’t right without raisins, which may be a good thing. Only one in 10 Americans consume the recommended 1-1/2 to 2 cups of fresh fruit per day, according to a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. And young adults, men and adults living in poverty tend to lack fruit in their diets. Because it is more dense, 1/4 cup of dried fruit equals one 1/2-cup serving of fresh fruit.