Give An Easy Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies A Healthy Makeover

by Donna_Cosmato

Make this simple oatmeal cookies recipe with your kids to introduce them to cooking or whip up a batch while they are at school for delicious after school snack.

There's nothing like warm cookies and a tall glass of cold milk to make even the most stressful day seem more pleasurable. Here's an easy recipe for oatmeal cookies that contains some secret ingredients like applesauce, flax seeds and wheat germ to boost its nutritional profile. Chances are, your family will beg for more!

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

Oatmeal Spice Cookies

Good for you oatmeal cookies just bursting with applesauce, raisins and other nutritious ingredients

Prep time 15 min  -  Total time 35 min
Ingredients for 36 servings
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal  • 1 egg  • 3/4 cup raisins or dried fruit of choice  • 3/4 chopped walnuts (optional)  • 3/4 cup applesauce  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour  • 1/2 cup molasses  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  • 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda, salt  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, ground cloves  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix the Batter

In a large mixing bowl, cream the molasses, egg and applesauce using an electric mixer to beat until it is fluffy.

Combine all dry ingredients except the raisins (and nuts, if using) in another large bowl.
Add to the creamed butter and sugar mixture gradually and mixing well.

Stir in the raisins and nuts by hand. Dough should be somewhat stiff but not hard to stir.

Bake the Cookies

Use a tablespoon measure to scoop up a rounded portion of dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Space cookies about two inches apart. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are light brown.

Cool and Eat!

Cool and Eat!

Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for two minutes, and then place on wire racks to cool completely. Serve warm or cold with milk, tea or coffee.

Some Like Them Big...

If you like giant cookies, place two scoops of dough in a mound on the cookie sheet. Smooth into a rounded shape. Place these larger cookies about three inches apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the pan two minute and remove to rack. This recipe will yield about 3 1/2 dozen regular size cookies (about one and one-fourth inches in diameter), 2 dozen giant cookies (approximately three inches in diameter), or 1 dozen giant cookies and 16 regular sized ones.

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Let's Get Started!

Who else wants to know how to make delectable oatmeal cookies?

Before you start stirring up the batter for these tasty cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and assemble the following baking tools:

  • Two large mixing bowls
  • Cookie sheets
  • Wire racks
  • Spatula
  • Electric mixer
  • Waxed paper

Next, gather all the ingredients and let them stand at room temperature. The reason you want to do this is so they will blend better and produce a better tasting cookie.

Cooking Tips

Use these techniques to make your baking quicker and easier!
  1. If you do not have enough cookie sheets, you can flip a cake-baking pan upside down and use the bottom as a substitute.
  2. Cut the stick of butter into smaller chunks and let soften at room temperature rather than melting the butter on the stovetop or in a microwave. Why? Melted butter can make your cookies runny and thin whereas softened butter will blend and combine with the other ingredients to make a firmer, delicious cookie.
  3. If you prefer a crispier cookie, add about one to two minutes to the cooking time. This recipe makes a soft oatmeal cookie. Store in a loosely covered container and add a slice of apple to keep the cookies moist.
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Nutritional Notes

Here's what you need to know about what makes these cookies a good nutritional choice

A two-tablespoon serving of flax seeds furnishes 3600 mg of Omega-3’s and 6 g dietary fiber according to the label information on Bob’s Red Mill Organic Natural Raw Whole Flaxseed. Wheat germ furnishes 4 g protein and 2 g fiber in a 2-tablespoon serving.  Adding these healthy ingredients is a good way to boost the nutritional value of a comfort food like cookies.  (Nutrition information for the wheat germ is taken from the label of Kretschmer Original Toasted Wheat Germ.)

Most experts agree that reducing the amount of fat in one's daily diet is a smart nutrition choice. By replacing part of the fat (butter) with a lower-fat ingredient (applesauce), you improve the healthy aspect of these cookies.

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The author is not a dietician, nutritionist or health care professional. The nutritional information offered here is strictly opinion offered for educational purposes. Individuals should always consult their health care provider for advice on diet and nutrition questions.

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Updated: 02/11/2013, Donna_Cosmato
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Donna_Cosmato on 02/11/2013

Oops, thanks for the catch! The applesauce is a low-fat substitute for the butter. I've updated the instructions.

Nicole on 02/10/2013

Ummm...did anyone realize that this recipe calls for butter, but it's not in the ingredient list?? So how much butter would you guess to use?

Donna_Cosmato on 04/23/2012

It is hard to get our kids to eat something good for them, isn't it? I hope they enjoy these as much as we do. Thanks for taking time to leave me a comment - it's always so encouraging to get positive feedback on your work:)

katiem2 on 04/23/2012

I love oatmeal cookies, now I have a great and healthy recipe I'm making these for my daughters. Its so hard to get them to eat lunch at school. Maybe a nice healthy oatmeal cookie in their lunches will do the trick. Thanks

Donna_Cosmato on 04/17/2012

Thanks, Brenda! I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as mine does:)

BrendaReeves on 04/17/2012

I am definitely going to make these nutritious cookies. Thank you for posting this for all of us.

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