These cookies are the perfect old-timey tasting treats that make you think of baking and enjoying with your grandparent(s). They're perfectly soft yet chewy and the apple makes them almost healthy (almost!). I wasn't sure initially how the peanut butter and apple would jive together but they worked to make the most delicious pairing in this cookie! Try them for yourselves - you won't be disappointed.
And yes there is shortening in these cookies but that's the secret to soft and chewy goodness! We used Earth Balance shortening which is pretty great.
1 tablespoon ground flax
3 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable-based shortening
1/2 cup chunky natural peanut butter
1/2 cup white or raw sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced