Baking

11 Days of Cookies

Oh my goodness. Life took over, and here we are FIVE DAYS AWAY FROM CHRISTMAS! And guess who only wrote ONE COOKIE POST?! That was me. But, good news is that TODAY you will get a bunch of cookie recipes that you can feast your eyes on. And hey, what’s wrong with waiting until the last minute to do all of your baking? It only allows it to be fresher :).

In this post, I am going to share with you one of my Dad’s favorite cookies. Noticed I said one. He loves cookies, and basically eats any kind of cookie. However, I do believe that these cookies – oatmeal raisin – are his go to. And the chewier they are, the better!

Oatmeal cookies certainly aren’t “good” for you. They contain sugar and of course contain their share of calories. HOWEVER, when comparing cookie to cookie, an oatmeal raisin cookie DOES provide health benefits over say a sugar cookie.  The oats in the oatmeal raisin cookie provide a source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is the fiber that is effective at lowering your bad cholesterol. According to “Au Bon Pain cafe bakery” one of their oatmeal raisin cookies contain 2 grams of fiber, or 8% of the daily recommended value. But, please note that it also has 290 calories and 24 grams of sugar. Yikes! We need indulgence, though, right!?

Oatmeal raisin cookies also contain several vitamins and minerals, most notably – vitamin A and iron. According to “Au Bon Pain cafe bakery” one of their oatmeal raisin cookies contains 6% vitamin  A and 8% iron. Raisins contain both iron and vitamin A, but are not a significant source of either.

Alright enough about nutrition. Cookies, when all is said and done, end up just being cookies. And no matter what, moderation is key. OR in my instance, a run with me is in store – 13 miles? Let’s go! Just kidding! I even moderate how many sweets I eat. It takes discipline, that is for sure!

Super Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups of rolled oats, old fashioned
  • 3/4 cup of raisins

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Using a KitchenAid mixing device, or a handheld mixer, blend the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. About 5 minutes.
  3. Add in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  4. Add in the maple syrup.
  5. Turn off your mixer and scrape down the sides. Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves. Blend until just mixed in.
  6. Add in the oats, and again mix until just blended.
  7. Fold in the raisins by hand.
  8. Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake in oven 8-10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for  5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to a wire wrack for further cooling.
  9. Enjoy!

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