White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

The boy just started a new job last week–hooray! In an effort to help him win over some of his co-workers, I decided to bake cookies that he could take to work. Not that he needs to win over his co-workers since they love him already, but this did give me a good excuse to bake and a guaranteed place to dump my goods. 🙂 I had originally planned to make cupcakes but decided against it since I can’t be trusted with a bowl of buttercream frosting. Cookies were the next logical thing.

White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

What I wanted to do was make a healthier cookie that I could enjoy with very little guilt but also pass along to others as a simply delicious cookie, light or not. Sometimes baking on the lighter side can be tricky—cookies end up cake-like or the end product is dry. Such is not the case with these cookies which pass the fat-kid-in-skinny-clothing test. The cookies are a bit small but they pack a large punch so their size doesn’t matter by the time you reach the end. Loaded with oats, dried fruit and white chocolate, there really is something for everyone with a lovely combination of flavors. I used dried strawberries and blueberries since it’s spring. You could also make them with dried cranberries and raisins or apricot and pineapple. In the fall, I would like to make them again with dried apples and cinnamon! The possibilities are endless.

If you want to make these cookies even lighter, you could cut the butter and use unsweetened applesauce instead. You could also use egg substitute if you wished. You could even go wild, doing both, and also substitute whole wheat or honey wheat flour, add some flax seed, so on and so forth. Keep in mind that, while they will still taste the same, these changes will affect the texture of the cookie. I don’t have a stand mixer so I used a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar and then stirred in the remaining ingredients by hand.

Closer: White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookie

Closer: White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookie

White Chocolate, Strawberry and Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen (serving size: 1 cookie)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried strawberries
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spoon flour into a measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a bowl; beat at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing with a spoon until blended. Add strawberries and chips; mix just until blended.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets covered in parchment paper. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool on pan 1 minute. Remove cookies from pan; cool completely on wire racks.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 98
Fat: 3.3g
Protein: 1.7g
Carbohydrate: 16g
Fiber: 1.6g
Cholesterol: 14mg
Iron: 0.5mg
Sodium: 73mg
Calcium: 11mg

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~ by canadianbaconette on May 31, 2009.

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