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Baking Season Begins

November 20, 2012

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is around the corner – so some time soon, you will either be making or consuming baked goods. If it is the former, we will be posting healthier cookie recipes for the next few weeks!

First up is an Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (leave out to soften to room temperature)
  • 1 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Tools:

  • Set of measuring cups
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Large wooden spoon
  • Baking sheets
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Using the mixer, combine the butter, light brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in one of the mixing bowls. Combine this mixture until it is thick and creamy.
  2. In the other mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt with a whisk.
  3. Add the dry ingredient mixture to the creamy mixture, stirring them together with the wooden spoon.
  4. Add the oats, raisins, and oats to the mixture.
  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator.
  6. Once the dough has been chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Scoop tiny balls of dough, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and flatten the dough down with a fork.
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven approximately 10-12 minutes (the cookies should be golden brown at the edges, but look undercooked on top).

Portion Control Tip: Make your cookies smaller than average – then you can eat the same number of cookies, but consume less calories!

Have a favorite holiday cookie recipe? Share it in the comments below!

Also, make sure to check back next week for another healthier cookie recipe.

*This recipe is from smittenkitchen.com, where it was adapted from the recipe on the Quaker Oats canister.

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