Healthy Oven Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Serves: Makes 4 dozen
  • Baking Temp (degrees F): 350
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Oatmeal Cookies and photos by Orange Piggy © Sarah Phillips

If you like cookies with chewy centers, these are for you. They're a good illustration of how I devise reduced-fat versions of high-fat classics. Sure, I could have cut out all of the butter, but they wouldn't have resembled Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
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INGREDIENTS
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour; spoon into measuring cup and level to rim
2/3 quick cooking oatmeal
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 large egg whites
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray two nonstick baking sheets with oil.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, oatmeal, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until well combined.

3. In another medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer set at high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl often with a rubber spatula to force the mixture into the blades, beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs, about 1-1/2 minutes.

4. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites, corn syrup, oil and vanilla. Pour into the butter/sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and the raisins. Using a spoon, stir just until a stiff dough forms.

5. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough about 2-inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. (The cookies will spread during baking).

6. One sheet at a time, bake until the edges are lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will seem soft, but they will crisp as they cool. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cake rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Analysis: Per serving - About 46 calories (6 percent from protein; 77 percent from carbohydrates; 17 percent from fat), 1 gram protein, 9 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams fat (less than 1 gram saturated fat), 1 milligrams cholesterol, 27 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber

The Healthy Oven Baking Book, by Sarah Phillips, Doubleday, 1999

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