Oh hey… we’re doing another recipe post… That’s okay, right?
As I mentioned yesterday, Farmer Ben and I did some baking on Sunday!
I realize that I am going to lose almost all of my “healthy baking” street cred by admitting this… but one of the best cookies I make is the oatmeal scotchie… You know, with those artificial-everything-butterscotch chips? Yeah, those… I only make these cookies a few times a year, but when I do, they are a huge hit. I’ve tried to track down a better butterscotch chip, but have you seen the price on some of the alternatives?! Woof! No thank you. Any suggestions on a better brand that isn’t $100/lb?
Anyway, because I’m already using something unhealthy, I’ve made a few tweaks to the classic recipe.
1. Whole wheat flour
2. Less sugar/all brown-sugar. 2a. Coconut sugar-it’s got a lower glycemic index than regular sugar and trace minerals (just make sure no one has an allergy if you bring these to a party).
3. Flax seed meal. It adds a layer of nutty-ness.
4. Bourbon… not healthy, but doesn’t bourbon make everything better?
Again, these are pretty tasty. And, because the recipe yields around 4 dozen cookies (depending on size), they are great for a crowd (I usually keep a secret stash at home for Farmer Ben). No, these are not the prettiest cookies… but once people taste them, it’s tough to stay away.
Oatmeal (Bourbon) Scotch-Scotch-Scotchies
Adapted from the Nestle Butterscotch Chip Bag.
What You’ll Need:
· 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
· 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 2 Tbsp. flax seed meal
· A pinch of salt
· ½ tsp. cinnamon
· 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
· 1 tsp. baking soda
· 2 sticks butter, softened
· 1 scant cup coconut sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 1 tsp. Vanilla
· ¼ cup bourbon
· 3 cups oats
· 1 package (11 oz) Butterscotch Chips
What to do:
· Preheat oven to 375 degrees. *
· Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
· In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar (I use a pastry blender, but can also be done with a mixer).
· Stir in eggs, vanilla and bourbon (I switch to a rubber spatula at this point).
· Slowly stir in your flour mixture.
· Mix in oats and butterscotch chips.
· For a super bourbon taste, cover mixing bowl and place in fridge for a few hours (*if doing this, wait to preheat your oven).
· Spoon dough onto un-greased cookie sheets and bake for approximately 9 minutes, 11 minutes if you like a crisper cookie.
What’s your favorite Christmas Cookie?