The only cookies my mother ever made were oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, from The Joy of Cooking. These have also been my standby cookie throughout the years. Several years ago my youngest son made them for me, using whole wheat flour. I think maybe he added a bunch of other stuff too, like sunflower seeds, coconut, and cashews. But anyway, I really like the substitution of whole wheat flour for white flour. The batter does come out a bit dryer, so depending upon the size of your eggs you may need to add a tablespoon of milk. The recipe below is a slightly modified version of the JOC Oatmeal Raisin drop cookie.
- 1 3/4 (1.75) cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, or 1/2 c butter & 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 cups rolled whole oats
- Mix/sift the first four dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In another bowl cream the butter/shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients,
- then add the chocolate chip and pecans.
- If you have been using a mixer, at this point you may want to stop and add the oatmeal by hand. If the mixture is too dry and crumbly and will not hold together when you make a small ball, then add a tablespoon or two of milk.
- Form the batter into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. At Christmas I like to press a candied cherry (halved) onto the top.
- Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes, or until the edged of the cookies start to brown.
My grandmother used to make a Christmas cookie that was similar, but instead of chocolate chips it had pecans, chopped candied cherries – both red and green – and chopped dates. It was like a fruitcake cookie, with only the “good stuff.”
So are these cookies healthy? Well, dark chocolate is an antioxidant, as are pecans, which are rich in vitamin E and reduce LDL cholesterol. Whole wheat flour has health benefits over white flour, and you probably already know how good oatmeal is for you.