Applesauce-Raisin Cookies

Applesauce-Raisin Cookies

Applesauce-Raisin Cookies


This recipe, Applesauce-Raisin Cookies is from Diabetic Connect.  Applesauce is a great replacement for some or the more unhealthy ingredients in many cookie recipes.  These cookies are delicious and they give you a nutritious boost in your day.


Applesauce-Raisin Cookies Recipe

Applesauce-Raisin Cookies

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup unbleached flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. cloves

½ cup rolled oats

½ cup raisins – dark or golden


Cream the oil and sugar together.  Add the egg and beat until light.  Blend the vanilla and applesauce.  Stir the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, oats and raisins into the creamed mixture.  Blend well.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly oiled baking sheets.  Bake at 375 F. for 10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.


(Recipe for Applesauce-Raisin Cookies came from Diabetic Connect, 2014)


Frosted Spice Cookie


Frosted Spice Cookies

Frosted Spice Cookies

This recipe has been handed down through many generations of my husband’s family.  These cookies were always in his grandmother’s cookie jar when he’d visit.  Today, he enjoys them more than ever – and so I do.


Frosted Spice Cookie Recipe

Frosted Spice Cookie

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

6 cups flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

½ tsp. salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup chopped dates

Frosting:   3 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar

1/3 cup orange juice

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg; beat in molasses and buttermilk.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in walnuts, raisins and dates.  Chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut with a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter

Place on greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 F. for 12-15 minutes.  Cool completely.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.  Spread over cooled cookies; let dry completely.            5-6 dozen

(Recipe for Frosted Spice Cookies came from Taste of Home (


Orange-Ricotta Pancakes

Orange-Ricotta Pancakes

Orange-Ricotta Pancakes

This recipe makes fluffy, light pancakes.               

Orange-Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Orange-Ricotta Pancakes

¾ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

3 large eggs, separated

2 Tbsp. orange juice

½ tsp. orange zest

¼ cup nonfat milk

2/3 cup flour

¼ cup sugar

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

4 tsp. butter, divided

Combine the ricotta, egg yolk, orange juice and zest and milk in a bowl.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt in a second bowl; stir in ricotta mixture.

Beat egg white with a hand or stand mixer until they form stiff peaks.  Stir one-third of them into ricotta mixture; gently fold in the remaining whites.

Melt 1 tsp. of butter in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Working in batches, spoon ¼ cup batter into the skillet for each pancake.  When bubbles appear on surface and underside is lightly browned on edges, about 3 minutes, turn pancakes and cook until underside is again browned, another 2 minutes.          4 servings (12 pancakes)

(Recipe for Orange-Ricotta Pancakes was in Newsday, Thursday, May 9, 2013)