1 cup (2 sticks) light butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. allspice, ground
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 tsp. nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup (8 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2 cups (16 oz.) quick oats
1/2 cup raisins
3-4 large cookie sheets (or reuse 1-2)
Lightly grease cookie sheets with cooking spray.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl beat butter, oil and sugars, until creamy.
Add eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce and allspice and beat well.
In a medium mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Slowly add to to butter mixture and mix well.
Slowly stir in oats, raisins, nuts and semi-sweet morsels and mix well.
Drop by tablespoonfuls at least 1 inch apart onto lightly greased with cooking spray cookie sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a light golden brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes then move to cooling rack and let completely cool before eating, storing or freezing.
Karen’s Note: Frank’s mom made oatmeal cookies. She started putting raisins in them to make oatmeal-raisin cookies. Then when Frank was little he suggested she put chocolate chips in them. Later on Frank’s mom, Noni, started putting applesauce in them to keep them moist and chewy. Then the chopped walnuts were added later to give them a bit of a crunch. The real reason they were called “Frank Cookies”, because his mom made them really big and just for him, since they are definitely his favorite cookies!