Alright And It’s Coming Along

So in my quest – the kind without teenage wizards – for really healthy food that tastes really good, I’ve been fussing with a cookie recipe. After about a mess o’ experimental batches – sometimes tried out on children dressed as teenage wizards – I like this one. The best thing about it is that a few of these cookies and a glass of milk or soymilk is pretty damn close nutritionally to that good breakfast you’re not eating.

Gingerbready oatmeal reasons to live

1 1/4 c. butter (2 1/2 sticks)
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
3 c. quick or old fashioned oats
1 tsp + a splash vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 tbsp ground dried orange peel
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Some ridiculous combination of the following:

1/4 c-ish pignoli nuts
1/2 c.-ish raisins
3/4 c.ish craisins
3/4 c-ish dried cherries
1/2 c.-ish chocolate chips
1 tbsp finely diced crystallized ginger

Just for fun once or twice, I ground up a few tablespoons of candied Buddha hand and tossed that in. Awesome.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices; mix well. Fold in oats, fruit and nuts.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto silpat thingy. Bake 11-13 minutes. Cool a minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

Make these! I demand it!

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