Apr 26, 2012

Handful Cookies Recipe

Before I became a parent, I swore I would never become a short-order cook to picky eaters- and then I had children. Order up!  It's a constant challenge is to make every bite count nutritionally for my little food critics and snacks are no exception. I created this spin on oatmeal cookies to incorporate some healthy ingredients into a cookie that my kids would enjoy. They love them and so do I.
a cookie you can feel good about

2/3 cup (10 ½ Tblsp) room temperature butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, fresh from the backyard (no chickens in your backyard? get some!☺)
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat germ
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
A handful of Craisins
A handful of chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc.)
A handful of chocolate chips
A handful of white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.  
Drop by spoonful onto parchment-lined cookie sheet (makes clean-up a breeze).
Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  

These cookies freeze well, so I usually make a double batch and freeze half.


  1. Why oh why isn't there "taste-o-vision" I'm SO hungry for cookies right now!

  2. These look tasty. I love that they can only be made with fresh eggs from the backyard. It just so happens I have those!☺ For something different some butterscotch chips could be used. Oatmeal scotchies are my Dad's favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I saw this post, and my first thought was... "Oh, yeah!!!" Who needs kids, to try these?! I sure don't! Ha ha! They look and sound so very yummy, I'm going to have to make these this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kitty (The Hockman Girl)

  4. These sound wonderful and one or two with coffee would be a great breakfast for me.

    1. Elaine, let me know if you are able to stop at one or two. I can't! LOL

  5. These look terrific! I also have a picky eater. He won't even eat cheese unless it's yellow.

  6. Can we post here for the contest? If so, this is my entry!!!!
    And good looking cookies!!!!!

  7. Oh, wow, these look good and sound delicious. I am going to print out the recipe and try these this week. :)

  8. These look delicious and the kids (and me) love craisins. Will definitely try these as i love the craisin/choc chip combination; how great for fall! thanks for linking up! ~~katie at katie's language cafe

  9. angi@Schneiderpeeps11/2/12, 1:47 AM

    These look so good! 
    Thanks for linking up to Handmade Christmas 2012 (http://www.schneiderpeeps.com/2012/11/handmade-christmas-2012-edible-gifts.html#comment-form)

  10. They look delicious! Love that they have white chocolate in them :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by today to vote and sign up for my Giveaway :)