Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chewey Oatmeal Cookies

This is an easy, quick oatmeal cookie recipe that can be customized for all tastes. In this house, my husband loves chocolate chips in his cookies and I love raisins in mine - so this afternoon's batch contained both! Here are the ingredients:

1/2 cup soy or vegan margarine (at room temperature)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (or almost 1 cup sucanat)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, well mashed
1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or spelt)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or raisins or chopped dates or chocolate chips)
(combinations of above such as 1/4 cup chocolate chips + 1/4 cup walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar, water, vanilla and mashed banana. In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients except the last two. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend well. Now fold in the oats + raisins, nuts etc.

Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. (Tip: to keep cookies uniform, I use a small ice scream scoop for each cookie, and flatten each dollop slightly with a fork.)

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