Sumptuous Spiced Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies

These cookies may have reduced sugar, but their flavor is enhanced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The oats pack heart healthy soluble fiber, the 60% cacao chocolate adds antioxidants, and the walnuts add some omega-3 fatty acids. To keep them fresher longer, freeze the cookies in sealable plastic bags after they are completely cooled.

3/4 c. whole wheat flour

3/4 c. all purpose flour

2 c. old fashioned oats

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 c. butter or plant sterol fortified vegetable spread, softened

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. white sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2-3 Tbsp. water

3/4 c. 60% cacao dark chocolate chips

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In medium bowl, mix flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves.  Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, beat butter/margarine and sugar until blended. Add eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually add dry mixture, alternating with chocolate and nuts. Add water if mixture is dry (just enough to moisten).
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets either lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes. If crisper texture is desired bake a little longer (2-3 minutes).
  8. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire racks.

Makes approximately 48 cookies. Per cookie (made with butter): 95 calories, 2 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 19 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 4 grams sugar, 1 gram fiber.

Susan M. Piergeorge, MS, RD
Registered DietitianNutrition Coach & Author of Boomer Be Well
http://SusanPiergeorge.com

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