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Tis the season sugary desserts and yummy treats! So I’m always on the lookout for recipes that make events like cookie exchanges a little less indulgent. One way to do that is with using the goodness of whole grain oats. I always have a container both Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats for baking oatmeal recipes and Quaker Oats Quick Oats for quick breakfasts. During the winter, my kids love heating up a bowl of hot cereal for breakfast or a quick snack.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I was restocking our panty to find that Quaker has designed special limited edition packaging, only available at your neighborhood Target store, for the winter months.
The limited edition Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats 42oz or the Quaker Oats Quick Oats 42oz winter canisters are exclusive to Target and can be purchased with this special $1.50 off coupon (only good at Target).
The best oatmeal cookie recipe for cookie and gift exchanges
The holidays are a busy time. So when you’re going to multiple cookie and gift exchanges, you want to simplify the process as much as possible. To meet this challenge I’ve created a basic oatmeal cookie recipe that can be made different by changing one or two ingredients. That way, you can bring raisin oatmeal cookies to one cookie exchange. Cranberry oatmeal cookies to another. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to a third, and so on. So you don’t have to buy a bunch of “mix ins” (as I call them) you can do flavor combinations.
If you have leftover raisins and chocolate chips, do a half and half mixture! Some unique mix ins would be sugar free candied ginger, sugar free candied pecans, unsweetened shredded coconut, and for those of you who are nut free but like a crunch, sunflower or pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, since they’re also seeds. You can also divide the dough in half and mix 1/2 cup of this type of mix in and 1/2 cup of that type, if you wish.
Finally, for a gift exchange, you can put the dry ingredients for the oatmeal cookie, plus one “mix in” (or a combination) in a Mason jar. Layer them to make a cook effect! (For tips on how to do this, check out Must Have Mom’s Reindeer Cookie’s In a Jar Recipe. Having a wide mouthed funnel is a must!) Then tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, and print out the directions straight from this blog post. (Just click on the Print Recipe button.) Fold up the instructions and put them in an envelope with your holiday card. You may also want to include a label on the jar. You can get free printable labels and tags from WorldLabel on Pinterest.
This Mama’s tips
To make this oatmeal cookie recipe as guilt free as possible, I’ve substituted monk fruit for sugar and a buttery spread for butter. Since I try to make my recipes gluten free, I’ve used an all-purpose gluten free flour mix. While oats are naturally gluten free, Quaker Oats aren’t certified to be gluten free. So if you’re concerned about that, you may want to use another brand.
The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup buttery spread
- 1 1/2 cups monk fruit (or other sugar substitute)
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten free flour mix
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 1/2 cups Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup “mix in” of your choice or a combination (raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, seeds, etc.)
- Place butter spread, monk fruit, molasses, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl and beat on medium speed until well blended. (You can do this in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.)
- In another bowl, combine gluten free flour mix, baking soda, baking powder, soda, sea salt, and cinnamon. Stir until well blended.
- Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Stir until well blended and smooth.
- Add in the oats and “mix in” of your choice. (I chose 1/2 cup dairy free mini-chocolate chips and 1/2 cup dried cranberries.) Stir until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
- Position a rack in the upper third of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets with cooking spray or use a silicon baking mat.
- Drop the dough by tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. With your hand, lightly press the cookie down to form a 1/2 inch thick cookie.
- One sheet at a time, bake 8-9 minutes. Prepare next baking sheet as the previous one bakes. The cookies are done when firm to the touch when gently pressed in the middle.
- Remove baking sheet from oven and let cool for 2 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
- Serving size: varies