Things I have been cooking lately: #14 Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These semi-healthy cookies pack a real flavour punch and will make you very popular if you take them to work.

Oatmeal raisin cookies

270g butter at room temperature
160g soft dark brown sugar
160g caster sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
380g wholewheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon bicarb
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
110g rolled oats
180g raisins
25g chopped pecans, walnuts or pumpkin seeds (optional)

Heat oven to 170 and grease a non-stick baking sheet.

Beat together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla.

Stir in the flour, salt, cinnamon, oats and bicarb with a wooden spoon until well mixed.

Add raisins and nuts/seeds and stir until evenly dispersed.

Break off bits of the dough and roll into golfball sized balls. Place 8 at a time on the baking sheet with space for spreading. Bake for 15 mins. Allow to cool slightly on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack.

Makes about 24.

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