1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
½ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, uncooked
½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
Maple Pecan Frosting
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1½ cups powdered sugar
⅓ cup chopped pecans, toasted
Preheat to 350.
Toast the pecans.
Beat the butter, applesauce and sugar in a large bowl by hand or with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy.
Pour the syrup into the mixture, and beat until incorporated.
In another large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, then gradually beat this into the butter mixture.
On a low sweet, mix in the oats and chopped pecans until just mixed.
Spoon out dough into rounded tablespoon sized cookies.
Bake 20 minutes or until cookies are golden brown.
While the cookies are baking, combine the cream cheese and butter for the frosting, creaming them together. Then add the maple syrup.
Sprinkle in the powdered sugar, stirring until well-mixed.
Set aside until the cookies have cooled completely.
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