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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

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Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

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  • Yield: Makes 18 to 20

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, and stir to combine; mix in oats and currants.

  3. Using two tablespoons of dough per cookie, roll into balls; place on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

  4. Cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

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  • nikodottir
    27 APR, 2016
    I used only all-purpose flour, added one more egg and the cookies turned out awesome! however, I would recommend using much less sugar ;)
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  • moondancr
    22 MAR, 2015
    I didn't have ww flour so added about 1/4 cup bran to 3/4 white, with a few Tablespoons of processed flax (to fill up the 1 cup measurement. I also added 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup peanut butter chips and 1/4 tsp. salt. I only had quick cooking oatmeal so used that, lightly oiled a baking sheet and they baked perfectly at 350 for 12 minutes. They are delicious warm but don't know if they will last so I can taste them cooled off!! haha :) Cream that oil, sugar and egg well, until fluffy!
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  • lcook411
    14 FEB, 2015
    Added 1/4 c raw wheat germ and 1/2 c milk chocolate morsels and they came out great! Yum!
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  • jessicawes48
    27 JAN, 2015
    Great! I love these cookies. I changed the recipe a bit though. I only used whole wheat flour and I threw in cinnamon chips. Delicious.
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  • teenchefx
    12 DEC, 2014
    I omitted the all-purpose flour in this recipe because my mother doesn't like it, and raisins because no one likes them (oops!), and so I made instead plain oatmeal cookies.... they turned out MARVELOUS! My dad, a diabetic, insisted on having two at once (!!!), and my mother was a fan of how wonderful their texture was. Definitely recommend!
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  • MaritaIbanez
    15 MAY, 2014
    I make this cookies every week! They are great for a mid morning/afternoon snack. I always replace sugar or brown sugar with panela (unrefined whole cane sugar) and instead of only raisins I add a whole cup of a nut mix (made by me) with caj├║, sunflower seeds, quinoa (boiled first around 20 minutes), raisins, chestnuts or sesame seeds. It's like a natural homemade energy bar (my nutritionist totally approves this recipe) because it's also made with only whole wheat. Hope you have some fun! :)
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  • Cricket71
    6 APR, 2014
    Yummy! I used applesauce instead of the oil and used dark chocolate chips instead of raisins. Awesome recipe that can be tweaked quite easily depending on your family's tastebuds!
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  • D_saund
    3 OCT, 2013
    Made this recipe today. I used whole wheat flour only. Added a dash of milk ,cinnamon and used olive oil. Also , I used desiccated coconut. Amazing soft cookies !! The cookies are almost done. Have to make another batch tomorrow.
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  • MS10589452
    5 SEP, 2013
    they are very delicious, I added cranberries instead of raisins.
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  • clev kid
    14 AUG, 2013
    These babies came out delicious. I added a qtr cup of walnuts for added texture. Not to be a Dougy Downer, but are there sny nutritional specs available (my bride is counting calories)?
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