Did not care for it: Family Fun’s “A Better Oatmeal Cookie”

We have an oatmeal cookie recipe in the Make-A-Mix book, Slice and Bake Oatmeal Cookies, but I love to try out new things, so I tried a new cookie recipe I saw in the latest isuue of Family Fun Magazine. I love Family Fun, and have had great success with their crafts, such as the celery hearts Valentines. This oatmeal cookie recipe boasted less “bad stuff” like butter, sugar and flour, than regular recipes. The raisins are soaked in water, and this is supposed to add moisture to the cookies (because of the lower fat content). The flavor turned out fine, but the cookies were dry and crumbly, and reminded me more of large clumps of granola than cookies. I used to rest of the dough to pat into a 9×9 Pyrex and make into granola bars. Again, we have a favorite granola bar recipe we already use, but I wanted to use up the dough without taking the time to mold it into cookies (since there is more oatmeal than dough, the cookies do not smooth out when baking, you have to mold them into the cookie shape you desire).

Not so great oatmeal cookies and bars

You can see from the picture that we ate some of the cookies for snack. Like I stated earlier, the problem was not with the taste, but the texture. We are used to golden, soft, chewy, cookies. If you do not mind a dry cookie and are looking for a healthier option, here is the recipe:

A Better Oatmeal Cookie

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup sifted flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg (I left this out, I do not care for nutmeg)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter, melted

3 cups quick oats

Cover raisins with water in a small bowl and soak for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain raisins, keep 3 Tbsp of raisin water for cookies. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, whisk wet ingredients in another bowl (including raisin water), mix together and add in drained raisins. Form into cookie shapes on cookie sheet and bake about 16 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool 3-4 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to a cooling rack. (I baked the rest of the dough in a Pyrex for the same amount of time to make cookie bars/granola bars).



One thought on “Did not care for it: Family Fun’s “A Better Oatmeal Cookie”

  1. My husband and I love these cookies! I used vegetable oil instead of butter, and these came out firm on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s not the “classic” soft and chewy oatmeal cookie, but more like a chewy granola bar. We like that it’s a bit healthier, too! We’ve also substituted dried cranberries and cherries for the raisins with good results. As to the molding the cookie part, it’s true: the cookies don’t stick together well. Still a winning recipe in my book, though!

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