Sunday, August 9, 2009

Everything Good Cookies

These cookies are actually pretty good for you (minus all the butter & sugar). They are filled with lots of "good for you" ingredients and I must say they really taste wonderful! I took them to work for a birthday a while ago and they were a hit. Everyone was shocked to find out what was in them.

Everything Good Cookies
makes: about 66 cookies
oven: 375 F

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins or other snipped dried fruit
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
vanila chips (optional)

1. In a very large mixing bowl beat butter & shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, & baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, milk & vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Stir in oats, nuts, raisins, wheat germ & vanilla chips.

2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. (I like to underbake my cookies slightly as they tend to continue cooking once on the pan once they are taken out of the oven. This results in a very soft cookie.)