Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Raisin Cookies that Pair Perfectly with Milk
(HealthCastle.com). I love cookies. I love baking them and tasting them fresh out of the oven. Paired with a cold glass of milk and you have a satisfying, comfort-food snack. And who doesn't like to share cookies? Whether you are giving or receiving, cookies are a simple but pleasurable treasure.
I prefer to bake my own cookies. It’s not that I won’t buy cookies - sometimes I do. But there are more ingredients in store bought cookies that I don’t want to routinely eat. It is little concerning to me that cookies from a package can last for months. Above all, I love the smell of baked goodness fresh from the oven. The warm, sweet smell of freshly baked cooking can have you floating down to your kitchen. Certain smells, like cookies, can be very nostalgic and can tie us to our own personal histories.
Cookies freeze very well (if they make it to the freezer!). I divide them up into several medium freezer bags for simple grab-and-go hostess gifts for play dates. Frozen cookies can taste fresh out of the oven even after months in the freezer ... just pop them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds and you'll never know how long they've lived in the freezer. Now that is magic.
I have many cookbooks about cookies. I’ve been baking cookies for years. In fact, I learned to bake before I could cook! I’ve tried so many recipes from healthier renditions to cookies loaded with fat and sugar. Over the years, I have adapted recipes to make my favorite mix. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Raisin Cookies turn out every time for me. Crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Try it and let me know if they worked out for you too!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Raisin Cookies
Preheat oven to 375 F. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper (or lightly mist with vegetable oil spray).
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup oat bran
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp table salt
1 cup oatmeal, large flakes
½ cup butter (or soft tub, non-hydrogenated margarine)
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
2 eggs (feel free to use 1 egg and 2 egg whites if you prefer)
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup or corn syrup (this makes them chewy inside)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup assorted chocolate chips (semi sweet, milk and/or white)
½ cup raisins (dark is best)
¼ cup ground flax (gives a nice nutty flavor)
Step 1: In a medium bowl, beat by hand; margarine and sugars until smooth and creamy. Mix in eggs until combined. Stir in honey and vanilla.
Step 2: In a small bowl, mix together flour, oat bran (or ground oats), baking soda, salt and oatmeal
Step 3: Add flour mixture to wet mixture. Mix but do not over mix as this can result in a tough cookie from over activating the gluten (flour). Fold in chocolate chips, raisins and flax.
Step 4: Drop by tablespoon full onto baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Quickly transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Written by Calgary Dietitian, Heidi Piovoso BSc, RD, Associate Dietitian, HealthCastle Calgary, and Calgary Dietitian, Kristyn Hall MSc, RD, Director and Dietitian with HealthCastle Calgary