Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cupfirmly packed brown sugar
2 largeeggs, beaten
1/2 cupapplesauce
1 teaspoonvanilla
1-1/2 cupsall-purpose flour
1 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoonground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoonsalt
3 cupsrolled oats
1 cupdiced dried fruit
3/4 cupchopped walnuts

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. In large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add eggs, applesauce, and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Fold in oats, dried fruit, and nuts until combined. Drop cookie dough by large rounded tablespoonfuls on to silicon-lined cookie sheets (or spray with non-stick vegetable oil), press with the back of a fork to slightly flatten. Bake 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for a few minutes on the pan, and then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container or cookie jar.

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