You can make these lower in sugar or make the traditional way. Either way these are just scrumptious! With lots of options, it is easy to find the right mix for what is in your pantry!
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1⁄2 cup Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking or 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup Splenda brown sugar blend or 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries or 1⁄2 cup raisins
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or 1⁄2 cup chopped toasted pecans or 1⁄2 cup chopped toasted macadamia nuts
- 1⁄2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a stand mixer, cream the softened butter, shortening, and Splenda (or sugars).
- When creamy, add eggs, vanilla, and instant coffee granules.
- Mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flours.
- Gradually add flour mixture to mixer.
- Gradually add remaining ingredients until it just comes together.
- Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper or silicone lined baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
- Flatten dough with a buttered spatula.
- Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Pull parchment paper with cookies on it onto cooling racks, and allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.
Loved by all!
My DH was begging me for oatmeal raisin cookies so I was glad to make these for him this weekend. I followed the recipe - I did not include nuts or chocolate chips - but everything else I did the same. All I can say is that we didn't care for them, perhaps it was the shortening that we disliked in these cookies, the texture wasn't for us... they had a light crunch when you bit into them, but the insides were heavy, dry and hard to swallow. I was surprised because when I tasted the dough, it was really quite tasty, especially with the addition of coffee granules. I guess maybe we were expecting something else when we thought of 'decadent' and were just disappointed by the end result. I think if you are used to shortening in your cookies, then maybe they would be for you (although 13yo DS, who is not a picky eater, only ate one so they weren't for him either) - I know we won't be doing these again. Sorry :(