I'm too tired to cook today.
It's a foggy wintery day (minus the snow thank goodness!).
My kids are sick.
My husband is sick.
My dogs keep tracking muddy prints all over my dining room.
I love my dogs.
But today I'm longing for the day when we won't have any pets...
And then I will have a clean house.
At least that's how I picture it.
In the meantime I have sick people and messy dogs.
I'm dieting. I'm being a good girl (for the most part). So I do not have these wonderful cookies in my house right now. But if I did, I would scarf them down so fast. But according to my womanly dieting logic, it wouldn't be that bad! Really! Because these particular cookies have some pretty healthy stuff in them. They're chock full of fiber and umm... good stuff!
Seriously though, these are healthy enough that I feed them to my kids. And I'm particularly particular about what goes into their mouths.
This recipe is adapted from the book Feed Me I'm Yours. Go pick up a copy if you've got little ones in your house to feed. :)
Here's our very simple and nutritiously delicious cast of characters:
You don't have to use a mixer for this, but I did.
First you mix your dry ingredients: 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk, 1/2 cup wheat germ, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 t cinnamon, and 1/4 t cloves.
Then because I decided I wanted to make them even more healthy, I added 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal. I think that this is something the author of the recipe would have done if it hadn't been written 35 years ago.
I kind of cheat by just reaching it in and mixing it around a bit before I add my wet ingredients, this way I don't have to use 2 bowls.
Ooooooh, lookin' pretty!
The recipe calls for either melted butter or oil. I used butter, and I zapped it in the microwave to melt it.
And here's a horrible shot of me adding 2 eggs.
I clicked right AFTER they both plopped into the bowl.
I love my new mixer.... love love LOVE it!
Once my butter was all melted I added it.
Then I used a mini ice cream scoop to form the cookies, that way they turn out uniform and finish cooking at the same time.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes and...
They turn out crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. I was worried that they'd spread out into flat crispy things in the oven due to using melted butter, but they didn't. No need to refrigerate the dough for hours either.
The only trouble with this recipe is that it only makes about 2 dozen cookies, which disappear WAY too fast in this house. So I think next time I'll double it and freeze the extras.
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, uncooked (or Swiss Familia)
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (optional)
1/2 cup oil or butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
Mix dry ingredients. Add melted butter and eggs. Spoon onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Note: "Uncooked" oatmeal is also known as "rolled oats" or "old fashioned" oatmeal, it is not the instant kind.