9.16.2012

Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies


I don't know how many of you know this, but it is practically impossible to find a cookie recipe that doesn't call for butter. Wait let me rephrase that-- it's practically impossible to stumble upon a cookie recipe that you like and find that it doesn't call for butter. 99.9% of the time, it will. And that drives me crazy. Why can't I satisfy my sweet tooth without using two sticks of butter in the process, why?!

I don't consider myself to be the healthiest eater in the world but I do sort of try and I would feel better if cookie recipes would help me out over here.


Apparently the world doesn't revolve around me though, so cookie recipes are probably going to continue doing their thing. Luckily, I've got some cookies on my side. Ladies and gents, I'd like to introduce you to my new best friends: olive oil oatmeal cookies. Yeahhhhh buddy.

Similar to Frosted Flakes, these cookies are not just good, they're great. They're incredibly soft and chewy and nutty and don't give you even the slightest hint that they're not made with butter! I couldn't taste the olive oil at all! Also, you only need one bowl to mix all the ingredients together and you don't even need to use a mixer! So, we've got easy, delicious, and healthy. What more could you ask for really?

Making these cookies got me thinking about a future cookbook idea: butter-free cookies! It's brilliant. And I'm pretty sure nobody's ever done it before...I think. I know that there are butter-free cookie recipes out there on the inter-webs, but how awesome would it be to come up with a whole bunch of them on my own? 

And they wouldn't all have to use oil instead of butter, I could substitute applesauce or something! Unless it would be a better idea to use only olive oil...hmmm, then I guess I would have to name the book "Olive Oil Cookies". Nah, it would have to be something more catchy than that.

Okay, I'm done rambling now. Over and out.


Olive Oil Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: Approximately 15 cookies
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Ingredients:

1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour  
1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
6 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons beaten egg
pinch of vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
4 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.


In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda until combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix together with a fork to combine. Pour in the olive oil and mix until combined.

Using a tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough out onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 9-10 minutes, until the cookies are just lightly browned on the edges.

Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Adapted from Bake Your Day
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