Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies from a recipe in the Joy of Cooking have been kind of a staple for me lately. Terrible sweet cravings and a desire to stay away from sugar as much as possible have been forcing me to make batch after batch of these cookies, which have a lot more rolled oats than they do sugar. I especially like them with coconut chips, walnuts, almonds and dried cranberries in them.

Preheat to 350 degrees

2 sticks butter (or a couple of scoups of smart balance)
1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C sugar
2 lg eggs (once I added about 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup apple juice instead, and they were very good)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla

In another bowl mix:
1 3/4 C Flour (I use whole wheat)
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix those two bowls together, and then add 3 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats and whatever nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins, etc. that you like. They usually need to bake about ten minutes or so. If you wait until they look done, they're overdone. The trick is to take them out before they're brown, and when they still look like they might need a couple of minutes. Gently press on the top and you'll be able to tell if they're done. The instructions in the cookbook (pg 822) are much more detailed, but this is what I do :)


Gina said...

those look so yummy!

Amy said...

These are the ones we had at dinner a few weeks back? They're delish!