Monday, January 05, 2009

Norene's Best Oatmeal Cookies

Norene's Best Oatmeal Cookies
From Norene's Healthy Kitchen

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 10-12 minutes
Makes 3 dozen or so

½ cup canola oil
1 large egg (or 2 egg whites)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cup rolled oats (preferably large flake)
¼ cup wheat germ
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/3 cup sunflower seeds or chopped nuts (this time I used pecans)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a food processor fitted with the steel blade (or large bowl using an electric mixer) beat the oil, eggs (egg whites), sugars, water and vanilla about 1 minute. Add the flour, rolled oats, wheat germ, baking soda, cinnamon & salt. Process just until combined.

3. If you are using a food processor to this point, transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the fruit, chocolate chips and nuts (or whatever you fancy) with a rubber spatula.

4. I use a small ice-cream scoop, but you can use a soup spoon to drop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden.

Norene says they freeze well for up to 4 months. They didn’t last 2 days on my counter!

1 comment:

Norene Gilletz said...

What a lovely surprise to find this posting! I love these yummy cookies and they never last very long at my house either. Now you'll have to bake another batch and invite me over for tea!! Thanks for letting your foodie friends know about my book Norene's Healthy Kitchen. Much appreciated!

Norene Gilletz, cookbook author