Now I am not saying I will never make naughty treats again, but I need to have something in rotation that even my hubby can have. Of course oatmeal was the first ingredient that popped into my mind. Since hubby doesn't liked cooked raisins, and adding chocolate chips wouldn't be as healthy, I had to figure out a way to make these cookies flavorful with just a few simple spices and boy did they turn out great!
1 1/2 cups flour
3 cups oats
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
We used flour we milled ourselves, eggs fresh from the coop, homemade vanilla, and real unsalted butter. I know not everyone has chickens or maybe even access to some of these "fresher" ingredients, but I believe quality ingredients just make any recipe better! I started by creaming together all the ingredients except the fresh milled oats.
After adding in the oats and making sure they are well incorporated, I simply plopped the dough by the spoonful onto my cookie sheets lined with silicone baking mats. I just recently got silicone baking mats and let me tell you, if you have never tried them, you are missing out! They are nonstick and soooo easy to clean.
Once your dough is on your cookie sheets, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for around 12 minutes. These cookies are so incredible soft and yummy and come out of the oven with beautiful golden brown bottoms.
Most oatmeal cookie recipes call for a higher, shorter baking time, but for me, lower and slower just gives such a better texture. And with only 1/2 teaspoon of salt in the recipe, these oatmeal cookies are heart healthy for my hubby.
Of course I didn't tell the country kids that these were heart healthy cookies because I didn't want them to turn their noses up before even trying them. You know kids, heaven forbid something is "good" for you. Needless to say, this plate of cookies disappeared fast!!! I guess they really do taste awesome! *wink*
I was not stressed out by the quickly disappearing plate of cookies, because it means I get to bake again! Not to mention these oatmeal cookies are a much better treat for the kids than store bought cookies. And Hubby, well was delighted to have a healthy "naughty" treat for his lunches. So over all, I guess you could say this is a win, win, win recipe for everyone involved!
Man, it's nice to be back in the kitchen!!