May 18, 2010

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are not overly sweet and somewhat healthy so you can give seconds to the kids. This recipe makes 4-5 dozen cookies, so you can give some away too.

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup veggie or canola oil
2 cups brown sugar
2 tbsp. honey
4 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla
3 cups flour (half white, half wheat)
3 cups oatmeal (not quick or instant)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp all-spice
2 cups raisins
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 little helper (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Measure out the dry ingredients (flour, oats, soda, salt and spices) and let your little helper dump them into a large mixing bowl. An apron would be helpful here.

3. Let your helper mix up all the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon while you melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
4.Once the butter is melted, add the brown sugar, stir to absorb and turn off the heat.
5. Add the oil to the butter mixture and stir well.

6. Don't forget to keep an eye on your helper or she will try to use her hands to stir and end up with a floured face!
7. Crack the eggs into a liquid measuring cup and mix well. Add the vanilla to the eggs.

8. Add butter mixture to the flour mixture and pour in eggs as well. Stir until there is no flour residue left in the bowl. Be sure to scrape the edges and bottom well.

9. Fold in the raisins and chocolate chips so they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
10. Grease your baking sheet or just use parchment paper - it makes it much easier to clean-up and keeps your pans in better condition.
11. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet - you can put them fairly close together because this dough doesn't spread out too much.
12. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let them set on the hot cookie sheet for a couple minutes to brown the bottoms. Remove from pan and allow to cool. You can reuse the same piece of parchment paper on each batch - it doesn't stick!
13. Enjoy cookies with your little helper and let them help you bag up a dozen or two to give away - what a delicious way to teach them about sharing and doing nice things for others!

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