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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Healthy Egg-less Oatmeal Cookies

Healthy Egg-less Oatmeal Cookies

Recently I have been trying my hands on baking. I kept myself away from much baking as always had somewhere in my mind that baking requires special skills and is not my cup of tea ! But frankly speaking what I came to know with my own experience is that baking is addictive and once you start baking and one or two recipes work well, you will love experimenting. I started with some crackers and matris to begin with and now was tempted to try out some cookies.

Was searching for some good Cookie recipe and was lucky to find this recipe of Oatmeal cookies . I made slight changes in the original recipe by replacing whole wheat flour instead of multipurpose refined flour and made it without eggs.



The cookies turned out as sweet crunchy treats and were loved in my family. This crisp cookie is loaded with wholesome goodness of Oatmeal ,chopped nuts and whole wheat flour. You can top these cookies with chopped dates, raisins or Choco chips . An amazingly simple Egg-less recipe to enjoy the cookies guilt free.



The recipe makes 10-12 (depending on how big you want your cookies) . You can always double the ingredients if making in large quantities. Enjoy the healthy cookies with tea,warm milk or just as it is.

Ingredients:
  • Butter- 60 gm
  • Castor sugar- 50 gm
  • Whole wheat flour -100 gm
  • Oatmeal - 50 gm 
  • Chopped Nuts- 1/4 cup ( I have used Almonds and Walnuts )
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of baking powder

    Method:
  1. In a mixing bowl add butter and powdered sugar and cream this. 

    2.  Reserve some oats to coat the cookie top and soak the remaining oatmeal with few drops of water and set aside. Do not make it soggy.


    3.  Mix pinch of baking powder with whole wheat flour. Add Vanilla extract and  whole wheat flour to the creamed mixture. Add flour little at a time , mix and blend slowly.


   4.   To the above mixture add the soaked Oatmeal and nuts and mix. Try to gather the Cookie dough using both hands and do not knead much. 



   5.  Roll out this Cookie dough between parchment sheets to approx 1/2 inch thickness. Now sprinkle the reserved oats on it and press a little, so that the oats stick to the dough  now cut into desired shapes using a cookie cutter . Place the cookies spaced apart on the Oven tray lined with parchment sheet .




    6.  Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius. Keep an eye on the cookies while they are getting baked.  I have baked them using a Microwave with convection mode and flipped the cookies midway as I wanted to slightly brown the upper side of the Cookie .



   7.  Let the cookies cool down and then store them in an airtight container. 


   
Notes:
  • If using raisins in the cookies soak them in water before adding in the cookie dough.. this avoids the raisins from getting burnt in oven during baking.
  • You can make the cookie dough ahead of time and refrigerate it  covered in a plastic sheet and bake the cookies fresh as per requirement.



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