Recipe 67: Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Queen B says, “You wanna hot body?…You betta work bitch.” She’s right. I have to get back to baking and blogging. To help with that whole hot body thing, I chose this for today:

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What makes these healthier than normal cookies? To start, there’s wheat germ. Don’t be afraid. Keep reading.

Step 1: Gather ingredients: rolled oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, eggs, honey, safflower oil, raisins, (and chocolate chips for you raisin haters).
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That’s a lot of damn ingredients! So I’m guessing it’s healthier to use safflower oil instead of butter? And to include whole wheat flour and wheat germ?

Step 2: Whisk together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. 
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Step 3: Whisk together oil, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and honey. 
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That looks appetizing.

Step 4: Add flour mixture. 
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Step 5: Add oats. 
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Yeah, that looks healthy.

Step 6: Add raisins. 

I split the dough and added raisins to half and chocolate chips to the other half.

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I was going to add dried cherries, but the ones I bought tasted like plastic! Those things are like $10/pound too!

Step 7: Drop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. 
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You know how cookie dough smells good and makes you want to eat it? Not these. It must have been the oil, because they did not smell good at all.

Step 8: Bake.
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Those look better! And they smell better! Good.

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Crap. I under-baked the chocolate chip batch. A few of them fell apart like this, which obviously meant I had to eat them with a spoon. They tasted fine.

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The raisin batch came out better with a couple extra minutes in the oven. I feel a little bit better about it.

Link to original recipe (I couldn’t find it on Martha’s site)

Yields: 24
I got: 47 (maybe this is part of the break apart problem)

Start time: 4:30
End time: 5:30 (1 hour)
Martha’s estimated time: Still, no idea, please fix the app!

What did I learn? 

  • Taste your add-ins before putting them in! I’m glad I did with the cherries.

What do I need to learn? 

  • Would the cookies have held together better if I used a full 2 tbsp like she suggested, or would they still fall apart?
  • Does “healthier” mean I can eat these and not work out?

These cookies are actually pretty good. Aside from them falling apart, I’m pretty happy.

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I’m a little irritated at the app, though. A while ago, they removed the total number of cookies and how long it should take. Those are vital when choosing a recipe to bake. Those developers really need to add that back in!

I gotta go. My treadmill is calling from the other room. See you next time.

5 responses to “Recipe 67: Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

  1. I love the sound of them!

  2. It feels like forever since your last post, but maybe because time is flying by. I can’t wait to try one of your delicious germ cookies, I can feel the lbs melting away already.

  3. Lindy

    Ummm what about the part where I had to save our lives and apartment?? Work Bitch.

  4. Dustin

    1:) Queen B is beyoncè!
    2:) You need a valid prescription to use that treadmill!

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