Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Healthier, High Fiber Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't dream of a healthy chocolate chip cookie? Well, I do. Here, I am making an effort to incorporate whole grains and healthier oils into a super-basic, super-simple cookie recipe, without compromising anything on taste. Here's my Classically Kosher promise: if these cookies aren't of the best you've ever had, I will eat them for you! Just bring them over! Or send them in the mail!

1 cup Earth Balance shortening (O-U Pareve)
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled or steel cut oats
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and both types of sugar. Make sure there are no shortening lumps. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended, do not beat. Once combined, add the oats, and chocolate chips. Roll into one tbsp (or smaller) balls and place at least one inch apart on a parchment papered cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes until crisp and brown, and let them sit for at least five minutes before removing from the pan, to allow them to solidify. Makes 20 scrumptious cookies.

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