You know how frustrating it is when you try to make something and it just doesn't turn out the way you'd like. Well, that happened to me this morning. Actually, truth be told, I did make this cookie and it came out fine but I wasn't paying attention, I guess, and I couldn't remember what I did right! More frustration!
So 4 batches later..I finally got it right!
I wanted to make a kind of breakfast cookie. You know, a healthy cookie you could grab in the morning if you're in a hurry, like a granola bar. And because I wanted to make it kind of on the healthy side I needed to include some healthy stuff! Like ground flax, wheat germ and sesame seeds ( are they considered healthy?)hmm.
I based the cookie from this one and tweeked from there, adding some of this and omitting some of that. And I can honestly say I'm happy with the results. The cookie is nice and thick and hefty and it's soft but I added walnuts to give it some crunch. I also included spices that I think should go into an oatmeal cookie.
As for the add ins. You could use or not use whatever you like. If you don't like raisins, you could use some chopped dried apricots. If you don't like walnuts ( but there again, they are the healthy nut), you could use pecans or even almonds.
I even kind of lost count as to how many the recipe actually makes. I made each cookie 2.9 oz.. so they're big. I think I got about 16 cookies but, obviously, if you make them smaller you'll get more! But I think they should be big. It's breakfast, after all!
See this photo below? I took the picture before I had my epiphany! I figured out if you use a large cookie scoop they're too formed and they'll come out looking like hockey pucks so... just scoop them out with a large spoon and plop them onto your baking sheet, gently forming them with your fingers.
1 cup AP flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
2 tbsp. ground flax seeds
2 tbsp. wheat germ
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
14 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts ( or any other nut you like)
1/2 cup raisins ( or dried chopped apricots)
Maybe some chocolate chips??
Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. In a medium bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients ( from the flour up to and including the wheat germ). Set aside.
2. In small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla.
3. In mixer bowl, mix melted butter, oil and both sugars.
4. On low speed, stir egg mixture into butter/sugar mixture til smooth.
5. Stir in flour mixture.
6. Stir in the nuts, dried cranberries and raisins ( or whatever you choose to use).
7. Drop dough by well rounded tablespoonfuls and form gently with your fingers if they don't stay together. If you want them a little less thick, you can very gently flatten each one just a little but they will spread on their own.
8. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or til they begin to darken around the edges. The centers should still be slightly moist, but the baking times depend on the size of your cookie. Start checking after about 13 minutes.
9. Cool on the baking sheet about 10 minutes, then gently move to cool completely on wire rack.