Cold, rainy winter Saturdays are the best kinds of days for baking. So after my 6-mile training run (a 55 minute jaunt on the treadmill, which did not make me happy), I treated myself to an afternoon of trying a new oatmeal cookie recipe. And I figure since it has oatmeal in it and I found it in my cookbook, The Runner’s Cookbook, it must be healthy! So even though this is a bit of a stretch, I’m still going to put it towards my five recipes to try for February blog-olutions. So here goes:
Oatmeal Cookies w/Raisins, Chocolate Chips, and Walnuts
(recipe recommended in the cookbook by runner Jenelle Deatherage, who finished second in the 1,500 at the 2008 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3/4 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or just use regular flour if you do not have on hand)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350. Soften butter, then beat together with both sugars, eggs, and vanilla until well-mixed and creamy.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Combine with butter and sugar mixture, and mix well.
3. Stir in oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and walnuts. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!