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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bronx Foodie: Cookies That Won't Break Santa's Diet

Cookies top the list of my favorite holiday desserts. They're easy to bake and there are so many ways to make them. The only thing I don't like is that a lot of cookies are made of mostly butter, flour and lots of sugar, i.e. not too good for your health or waist line. 

If you're looking for a healthier option, try these oatmeal cookies. They aren't exactly fat-free -- no cookie should be completely fat-free. But they are a bit healthier and filling because of the oatmeal and the maple syrup. Let us know what you'll be baking and cooking in the comments section. And stop by next week and we'll post some tips for healthy holiday eating.

Raisin and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from The Kind Diet

1 cup of quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon molasses
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruit

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the raisins and nuts.

If the mixture is too wet, add some more flour. Then chill in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This will prevent the cooking from spreading too much. My first batch came out like crisps instead of cookies. Be careful not to let the dough freeze.

Using your hands, roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the top. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.



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