Saturday, May 9, 2009

The best oatmeal cookies ever!

These are by no means healthy, but an easy, homemade treat with a few redeeming qualities.
You can increase nutrition by swapping some of the butter for ground flaxseed.

1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon

1/2 pound of unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups of rolled oats

1 1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 c. walnuts
1 c. chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment or waxed paper.

Either by hand or with the electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.

Mix flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg/cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Stir dry ingredients into butter-sugar mixture. Stir in oats, raisins and walnuts or chocolate chips.

Working with generous 2 tablespoons of dough each time, roll dough into 2 inch balls. Place balls on parchment -lined cookie sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each ball.

Bake until cookie edges turn golden brown, 22-25 minutes. Let cool on cooling at least 30 minutes before peeling from parchment.

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