A cookie here, a cookie there…the holidays are a hard time for all of us to stay on track with our eating. Spread cheer — without winter weight gain — this cookie recipe (courtesy of marthastewart.com) cuts the fat, keeps calories in check, and incorporates healthy ingredients. Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.
Laura Gaffney’s Favorite – Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
- 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours and baking powder; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, and stir to combine; mix in oats and currants.
- Using two tablespoons of dough per cookie, roll into balls; place on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper, 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
- Cool 5 minutes on sheets, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.