Pamela’s Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup sugar (I substitute a generous ½ cup coconut sugar or a shy ½ cup honey)

½ cup organic butter (1 stick pulled out earlier in the day to soften)

1 tablespoon molasses (I don’t measure; I pour a generous 2 tablespoons or so)

¼ cup milk (last time I didn’t have milk, so I added a generous spoon of plain yogurt; it was so good I might do that from now on).

1 ¾ cups uncooked oatmeal

½ cup or a bit less raisins (or dried cranberries or dried cherries)

½ cup chopped nuts (sometimes I add, sometime I don’t)

I always add ½ cup or more 🙂 of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl (I often do this when I pull the butter out). When the butter has softened and there will be smiling faces to greet the tantalizing smell of baking cookies, stir butter and sugar or honey together in big bowl. Add egg and milk and molasses. Then add dry ingredients to big bowl and stir together. Add oatmeal. Stir (this is a good little arm muscle workout). Add dried fruit and nuts and chocolate chips. Stir (a little more arm muscle workout).

Arrange by spoonfuls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (I LOVE parchment paper because cookies slide off easily and I don’t have to wash cookie sheets, which I do not enjoy doing). Bake cookies for about 15 minutes. Pull out of oven, cool for a few minutes until you can use a spatula to move to a plate (by now a few cookies will be missing in a tummy or two :-)). You can re-use parchment paper for the second and final sheet of cookies.

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