Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Healthier Than Store Bought

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

After all the rich food and desserts over Christmas, you might be looking for something that is a little healthier, but still a bit of a treat. These cookies are the favorite of a friend of mine, especially when I bake them up with big, soft raisins. “They are like treasures!” she declares, picking them out one by one and relishing each one. I hate to tell her that I prefer them with dried cherries instead.


1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

  With your electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and add the brown sugar. Continue to beat until well combined, then add the egg and vanilla. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl again to make sure everything is well combined.

  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With your mixer turned on low speed, add it to the flour mixture and let it all come together until it's just combined. Stir in the oats and the raisins.

  Measure out your cookie dough onto sheets with a tablespoon, placing them about an inch or so apart and flattening them slightly with your hand. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge to chill for awhile-oh, I'd say about 20 minutes. Or you can do what I did, and just cover the dough and chill it for about that long before you scoop it out onto the pans.

  Bake them for 10-12 minutes at 350 F. The edges will be browned, and the tops just barely set. Let them sit on the pan for a bit before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen (if you want more, this recipe is easily doubled!)

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Wanna add a bit of a twist to your oatmeal cookies next time? Then you must try these Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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