Copycat Mrs. Fields Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies

Mrs. Fields makes the best oatmeal cookies.  I can never get enough of these treats — that is why I bake them at home.  This recipe captures the right amount of sweetness and spice to make these cookies JUST RIGHT!

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Quick oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cloves
2 teaspoons Grated lemon zest
1 cup Dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup Butter
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup Honey
1 cup Fresh apple, peeled and finely chopped
1 cup Raisins

Topping:
1/2 cup Quick oats

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, salt, soda, cinnamon, cloves and lemon zest. Mix well and set aside. Cream sugar and butter together in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add egg, applesauce and honey and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the flour mixture, fresh apple and raisins, and blend at low speed until just combined. Dough will be quite soft. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 1/2 inches apart. If you wish, sprinkle cookies with oats. Bake 23-25 minutes or until bottoms are golden.

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