My husband and son have absolutely no self-control when it comes to "sweets"! I've been picking up more and more shifts at the hospital and I think it's a pretty safe assumption that they indulge plenty when I'm away! I've kind of given up with my husband--he's obviously going to do what he wants to do, but I'm concerned about my son's eating habits and try my hardest to encourage him to eat healthier foods when I'm home. By no means do I want to cut sweets out of his diet entirely, so I thought this would be a nice/"fair" alternative. Yes, I know they're still cookies and have shortening, sugar, etc, but they contain oatmeal and raisins, both of which are good for him :) These cookies were the best oatmeal raisin cookies I've EVER made and got a "thumbs up" from my little guy!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
2/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup shortening (I used butter-flavored Crisco) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup raisins
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Beat all ingredients except oats, flour and raisins in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in oats, flour and raisins.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown and centers are light in color. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)