These cookies are one of the few things my mom taught me how to bake. They are weird. They can not be doubled, in that you can’t double up the ingredients and come out with twice as many cookies. What you get is a mess. I don’t know why. I guess I could ask Alton Brown, he would know. How does one go about asking Alton Brown a question?
Never mind, we’ll deal with contacting Mr. Brown at a later date. For now, let’s focus on cookies. When asked, not a single member of my family knew where the recipe came from. My cousin thinks it is from the WWII era because there is no butter. (Alton Brown would have a better answer.) On an unrelated note, one time my oldest brother ate an entire bowl of this batter and my mom grounded him for a week. And after he threw up all over the kitchen? She grounded him for a month.
My mom said she got the recipe from her mom’s mom and my aunt agrees. That being said, for the 80 years my mom and my aunt lived on this earth together, they had one motto and it was, “You lie and I will swear to it,” so who knows. Maybe we should just say that my mom somehow ended up with this weird recipe and hope she didn’t ice pick anyone to get it. That is kind of the best you can hope for when dealing with my mom’s family.
To the recipe. First thing you have to do is add the baking soda to the applesauce. The baking soda turns the applesauce a weird color and it makes it swell up but luckily it doesn’t make it smell bad. Then you put the recipe together. If you only have old fashioned oats and not instant, that’s okay. The cookies are a bit heartier but they still turn out really good.
And that is the thing about this recipe. These cookies are huge, very soft and a nightmare to try and store but they are delicious. I made them a few months after my mom died and my aunt ate one, teared up and then said, “These are the ugliest, most delicious cookies and you made them exactly like your mom used to.”
Here is the recipe, I have very little direction because my mom gave me very little direction so this will be a recipe for people who have a bit more experience in the kitchen.
1 ½ cup AP flour
1 ½ cup quick oats
½ tsp of each: salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup smooth applesauce
1 egg, beaten
Step 1: In a medium sized bowl, mix the baking soda into the applesauce then set aside
Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sugar, beaten egg and oil
Step 3: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and spices. Then stir in the oatmeal
Step 4: In a small bowl, mix the raisins and nuts together
You should have 4 bowls on the counter, I know, it sounds like a Blue Apron recipe. Scrape the contents of the bowl with the sugar, oil and egg into the bowl with the flour and oatmeal. Then scrape in the contents of the applesauce/baking soda. It should have expanded some, which is correct. Then dump in the raisins and nuts. Mix it all together with a big wooden spoon. It smells good but because of the raw egg I can not encourage you to eat the batter raw. This isn’t the 70’s. Get ahold of yourselves.
Scoop the batter out by heaping tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool then eat.
Here’s a picture of my mom’s recipe card with the directions we used to work from.