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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks

There is nothing like a mountain of cookies to get you excited. On Sunday evening I decided to use up my box of Irish oatmeal to make some good'ol oatmeal cookies, loaded with extra goodies. I also tried to make the cookies a little more healthy that your usual buttery ball. I prefer to use chopped dark chocolate pieces than mini chocolate chips because I have found that the dark chocolate pieces are more fun to eat and they have a much stronger taste than their little mini chip counterparts. With a cold glass of milk or a warm cup of tea, these cookies are a prime dessert. In an effort to make them healthier I switched butter with olive oil. The challenge was then keeping the batter together to make nice round balls. They don't have that comforting buttery taste that most cookies have, but are packed with flavor and taste great!
Oatmeal Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks
(Makes 36 cookies)

1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
1/4 cup fake eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dark chocolate pieces
1 cup raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together the butter, olive oil, and fake eggs in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add in the flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Mix until everything is incorporated. Add in the oats, walnuts, raisins and dark chocolate pieces.
4. Roll heaping tablespoons of the batter into balls and place them 12 to a sheet. Bake for 15 minutes and then cool on a rack for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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