I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.
Since it is the holiday season and many people are cooking and baking special recipes to share or give as gifts, I thought that I would share a healthy oatmeal cookie recipe with you that came from my grandmother. It uses the old-fashioned Quaker oats, not the quick-cook kind, nor the instant.
Why did I label this a healthy oatmeal cookie? Despite the fact that it does contain shortening and sugar, it also has a proportionate good amount of the old-fashioned oatmeal and also nuts and raisins, all three of which have health benefits.
Obviously sugar substitutes could be utilized for people who are diabetic or need to watch their sugar intake for one reason or another. But for people who wish to indulge and enjoy an occasional cookie, I can highly recommend these delicious Quaker Oats oatmeal cookies.
Many people would have these simple ingredients on hand in their pantries and this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe is easy to prepare.
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- (I added 1 teaspoon cinnamon to this recipe and also a handful of raisins.)
- Cream the shortening with the sugars, egg, water and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Add the flour to the creamed mixture and fold in the oatmeal and nuts.
- Form into small balls and place on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes.
- I find that if you chill the batter for an hour or so in the refrigerator it is easier to form into balls and becomes less sticky. These cookies bake well in a convection oven . . . just watch the timing. They bake in about 11 to 12 minutes—but every oven is different.
There are many health benefits to eating oatmeal, raisins and walnuts.
- Oatmeal has the effect of lowering the risk of heart disease by providing soluble fiber that lowers the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad kind. It also provides many vitamins and minerals and is a good source of protein.
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- Nuts like walnuts also help to lower the LDL cholesterol, thereby helping to lower heart disease. They also provide a good source of fiber and protein and contain the good fats called omega-3.
- Raisins are cholesterol and fat free and provide iron and potassium, along with fiber.
So while most cookies are not exactly listed as health foods, at least these Quaker Oats oatmeal cookies with the added raisins and walnuts provide some health benefits as compared to other types of cookies that simply contain refined white flour, sugars and spices.
You can afford to indulge yourself and have an occasional cookie like this on occasion.
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Quaker Oatmeal Cookies
For many years, my mother and I worked together in making tried and true cookie recipes for gift giving purposes during the Christmas season.
Sometimes we would try a new recipe and would add it to our list if we liked it. But for the most part, many of these recipes date back many years and even to past generations from which they have been handed down.
Several years ago, I continued that baking tradition but no longer had the company and helpful hands of my mother as she had passed on to the next life.
Cutting back to only 10 different kinds, the tins that are now ready to be given away still have a nice assortment.
Since these Quaker oatmeal cookies have been made as a part of the gift assortment for numerous holiday seasons—and before that filled lunch boxes when we kids went to school decades ago—many sweet and nostalgic memories go into making of them each year.
Hope you enjoy baking these healthy oatmeal cookies for your loved ones or bake some Quaker Oats oatmeal cookies to give away as gifts. I'll bet that you get compliments and smiles!
© 2010 Peggy Woods