Oatmeal Cookies

13 Oct

What is “Healthy” baking?  There is a variety of baked goods that are made with organic or nutritionally healthy ingredients.  Recipes that are low fat, have less sugar, and contain fruit, whole grains, and oils are considered healthy.

I’ve been adding less sugar, less butter, more dried fruits, quick oats.  I’ve started to bake with whole wheat flour.

Many consumer food products such as Twinkies, Entemann’s, and others contain artificial flavorings, preservatives, dyes, and unhealthy ingredients.  Bakers should be aware about these additives and artificial ingredients and make desserts naturally flavorful, sweet, and have essential vitamins. Although organic ingredients are expensive, we should make an effort to make our treats healthy but still delicious for all.

Check out Joy of Baking Healthy Desserts page and my post for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oatmeal cookie

oatmeal cookie

I like to use this recipe  for oatmeal cookies by Baked Perfection:

Yields 3-4 dozen cookies


Modifications-Less sugar and less oats (too much oats can make the dough dry). 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened or room temperature
1/2cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
Optional: 1 cup white chocolate or chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Beat butter and sugars together for4- 5 minutes until smooth and creamy in large bowl

3. Add eggs and vanilla extract; Blend mixture.

4. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into blended mixture.  Beat until well combined and cookie dough is formed.

5. Optional stir in white chocolate or chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and/or raisins.  You can combine 2 of these ingredients (ie white chocolate chips and dried cranberries).

6. Chill dough for 30 minutes.  Then, scoop out dough into 1 inch cookie balls onto greased baking sheets.

7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 – 2 minutes; Remove to wired racks or plates to cool. (Do not stack cookies on top of one another)!

Enjoy and share with friends/family!



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