Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Steve's Favorite Oatmeal Cookie (White Chocolate with Craisins)

This is one of the best oatmeal cookies I have ever tasted.  It's a sweet oatmeal cookie with melted white chocolate chips and dried cranberries throughout the cookie.  These are my boyfriend's favorite cookie... so it is a true and tested oatmeal cookie recipe.  They are to die for...especially right out of the oven.  Even though these may not be the healthiest treats, one satisfies a sweet craving and is lower in calories than most bakery treats.  If I tried to substitute some of the butter out, the texture just wouldn't be the same and I would let my fans down, so the butter stays.  

Oats are a great ingredient to incorporate into your cooking and baking because they are a whole grain and are full of fiber.  Plus, they have the ability to bind to LDL or the "bad cholesterol" therefore lowering cholesterol levels.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 32 cookies

1 stick of butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup white chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli)
1 cup Craisins

Preheat the oven to 375.  Cream the butter and the sugar together in a large bowl.  Add the eggs and mix well.  In a separate bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add half of the flour mixture to the other bowl.  Mix well, and combine the remaining flour to the batter.  Add the white chocolate chips and craisins and mix.  Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter onto cookie sheets.  Cook for ~10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie
112 calories, 17 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g protein, 4 g fat, 1 g fiber, 125 mg sodium

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