Sunday, April 26, 2009

National Oatmeal Cookie Day - April 30

Jennifer at Savor the Thyme is hosting an Oatmeal Cookie Challenge in honor of National Oatmeal Cookie Day, April 30. I've been on a slight Oatmeal Cookie kick, unfortunately for me, Jennifer's call was for a healthy cookie....after some soul searching (ok now I'm just being dramatic), I came up with a healthy recipe that I'm entering for the challenge. Now, as many of you know, I reside and work in Austin, Texas, which means I spend a lot of time around many green, veggie friendly, health-loving, tree-hugging types...many I count among my friends! The image of those people, the fact that Earth Day just passed and the contents of my pantry inspired my Hippie Oatmeal Cookies.

Hippie Oatmeal Cookies
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Honey
1 Egg
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cup Oats
1 Cup Diced Dried Apricots
1/2 Cup Diced Dried Plums
1/2 Cup Cherry-flavored (or regular) Dried Cranberries
4 Tbsp Apple Butter
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet or use a silpat.
2. Cream egg, apple butter, vegetable oil, brown sugar and honey.
3. In a separate bowl, mix cinnamon, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda.
4. Slowly mix dry with wet ingredients. After they have been thoroughly combined, mix in fruit and oats.
5. Drop well rounded tablespoons of the dough onto prepared cookie sheet, bake 15-16 minutes.
6. Remove from sheet and cool on racks. Cookies should be chewy and moist.


Anonymous said...

Delicious! I love the dried fruits and the apple butter in these cookies!

girlichef said...

yummy...I'm a hippie at heart, these hit the spot!!!

Gloria Chadwick said...

Hippie Oatmeal Cookies sound good to me! Wish I'd had them back in the 60s for all the sit-ins and love-ins. :)

Chef E said...

That is funny, because I personally know what you meant! I love my oatmeal cookies *note to self* buy oatmeal cookies...

Reeni♥ said...

These look so yummy!! I love the cherry flavored cranberries!!!!

Dee said...

Oh, yummy! These look really terrific! So jealous Dad was the taste tester on these:)

Grace said...

i love the name for the cookies, and the ingredients that inspired that name. great cookies for a fabulous holiday. :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Ilove the name of your cookie! Oatmeal cookies make everything ok and yours sound so fantastic!

Tangled Noodle said...

The fruits and oatmeal combination sounds fantastic! I love the promise of sweet chewiness with this kind of cookie - delicious!

C.G. the Foodie said...

Yum... these sound fantastic! May have to make them at the hotel tomorrow (another debate trip...) Thanks!

doggybloggy said...

I love a chewey cookie and cant seem to ever make one - these look great!

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Kerstin said...

Cute name for your cookies! I love how they're packed with dried fruit and apple butter - yum!

Sophie said...

MMMMM...delicious looking cookies!! Yummie!!

Hornsfan said...

5 Star - Thanks, it was such a great 'fat' substitute!
Girlichef - Me too!
Gloria - They would've fit in perfectly then ;)
Chef E - seriously, did you just say 'buy' - come on, I've seen what you're capable of :)
Reeni - Thanks!
Mom - Dad ate almost all of them!
Grace - Thanks! I think I'll be celebrating this holiday next year too :)
Katherine - you're right, they definitely fit in with the comfort food genre :)
T.N. - The cherries are just the tip of the iceberg here!
CG - Thanks & Good Luck at the tourny!
Doggybloggy - I'll take your eats any day, I've seen your usual fare, it's pretty darn impressive!
Sophie & Kerstin - Thanks!