Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies (whole wheat!)

I've never really been a big fan of oatmeal cookies. But I was trying to think of "healthier" snacks I could feed the boys and figured it was time to try them again. I used 100% whole wheat flour and you can sneak in all sorts of things like flax seed or wheat germ- you can't even taste it.

These little cookies are so addicting- you can't eat just one. The cinnamon mixed with raisins and a hint of chocolate are just so fabulous, we ate three batches in two days! If you choose not to use whole wheat flour the consistency might be off- just make sure they're not too sticky or too crumbly, they should be just moist enough to stick together without falling apart.

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seed (optional)
1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter with sugar, cinnamon, soda and salt. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix just until crumbly. If it's too sticky just add a bit more oats to the mixture. Drop onto cookie sheets and bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cookies cool before transferring to wire racks otherwise they will fall apart. Another yummy variation is to use dark chocolate and cranberries instead of raisins and chocolate chips.
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