It all began with this recipe for the Best Oatmeal Cookies. However, as you know, I am attempting to be a Fitness Lady in the '09, and so, this recipe didn't quite fall into line with that plan.
So here's what I did, with changes noted in parentheses after the original ingredients.
- 3 eggs, well beaten
- 1 cup raisins(I used dried cranberries because I like them better.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup butter(I used 2/3 cup applesauce/ 1/3 cup olive oil)
- 1 cup brown sugar(I used about 1/3 cup)
- 1 cup white sugar(I used 1 cup splenda)
- 2 1/2 cups flour(I used whole wheat flour)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon(Iused this, but I also added about 1/2 tsp nutmeg)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans(I used about 1 cup of chopped walnuts instead)
- This is a very important first step that makes the cookie: combine eggs, dried cranberries and vanilla and let stand for one hour.
- Cream together applesauce, olive oil, and sugars.
- Add flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and soda and mix well. (This is a very stiff dough. I did this step and step four with my hands. I feel like if I had a Kitchenaid Mixer that it would be up to the job, but my hand-mixer told me to fuck right off.)
- Blend in egg-cranberry mixture, oatmeal, and chopped nuts.
- Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet, or roll into balls and flatten slightly. (I lined my cookie sheets with parchment papers; also, I found you have to flatten the cookies once you drop them on to the sheet - mine did not flatten on their own in the first batch)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. (In my crappy electric oven, I found they needed to go closer to 15 minutes)