Vegan Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies

I was skeptical. I’ve made a number of vegan dishes before, and they’ve more often than not turned out wonderfully, but I was REALLY craving oatmeal cookies tonight, and being as I only had the necessary ingredients on-hand for these vegan bad boys, the stakes were high.
My verdict?
These cookies really surprised me. They are…delicious. They are crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and oh man, they just taste divine. Perfect autumn treat. They also took less than 10 minutes to prep. Could you ask for anything more?

Oatmeal-Walnut Cookies – Vegan (Adapted from The Complete Vegan Cookbook)

1 cup unbleached white flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Scant 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (more/less to your liking – also feel free to sub raisins, which the original recipe calls for)

Preheat the oven to 375. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In a larger bowl, combine the sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Mix until the sugar is well incorporated.
Add the flour mixture, stirring until all ingredients combine to form a stiff dough. Fold in the nuts/raisins/whatever treat you want to add.
Mound rounded tablespoons of batter onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven, transfer to a cooling rack, try and wait at least a minute, and then dive in.

This recipe yields about 16 cookies.
Mmm mmm good.


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