The Holiday Cookie Quest, Day One
Okay, here we are December first, and all I can think about is cookies! (Oh, and Mexican food, but that is another subject.) This time of the year, thoughts just turn to cookies. What is it about cookies that are so appealing? Is it their delightful hand held size, or the visions of good times crammed into those small packages? Whatever it is, it is a national obsession, predominantly during the holiday season. The question is asked, can one make a wonderful cookie, worthy of admiration, that is also good for you? Does a cookie have to be dripping with butter and sugar to be.. well.. a cookie?
My answer is no. In fact, I have gotten to the point where super buttery cookies taste too rich. After all, I love to eat cookies, so why not make it something good for you? I have honestly spent years trying to perfect the ideal low fat, healthy cookie recipe and I must confess that it is an on going project. I have many incredible recipes that I have encountered, altered and eaten and the pursuit still marches on. I intend to use this month to try as many cookies recipes as possible on my poor family and friends, to bring you the best recipes ever. (BTW, if you have a great healthier cookie recipe to share, I would love it!) I shall launch this expedition into the holidays with a old favorite that is proven. The first cookie recipe is a delicious holiday oatmeal cookie that is actually pretty good for you.
Orange Oatmeal Cookies
This recipe I have made many times and my husband loves them. They are perfect holiday flavors and are full of goodness.
1 cup of dried cranberries
½ cup orange juice
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter, room temp
3 tbls of honey
1 large egg
1 ½ cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
3 cups of oatmeal
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon orange zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small bowl, cover and let stand while you make the cookies. Beat the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in honey and egg then add the cranberries and orange juice.
Combine flour, soda, powder and salt in a separate bowl and enthusiastically whisk together. Toss in the oatmeal, walnuts and orange zest and whisk some more.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and blend together till just right. Drop loving spoonfuls onto lightly oiled baking sheets and bake for about 8-10 minutes, depending the size of your cookies.
Nutritional information per cookie if you make 4 dozen, Calories 80, fat 2 grams, fiber 1 gram