Oatmeal Cookies

YUM.  These cookies from Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet are the cookie of cookies:

The ULTIMATE oatmeal cookie

1 C quick-cooking oats
3/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 C sugar (I use pure cane sugar, Alicia recommends maple sugar, which is made from maple syrup and super-duper expensive!)
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/4 t sea salt
1/3 C maple syrup
1/2 C safflower oil
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t molasses

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine.

Roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls (I use a cookie scoop).  Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, and press down slightly to flatten the tops.  Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Out of the oven, let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.  Transfer cookies to baking rack to cool completely.

Optional ad- ins:  1/4 C chopped dried plums or other dried fruit (or chocolate chips) or 1/4 C finely chopped walnuts.

Makes approximately 12 cookies.

OMG.

  • THIS is the recipe that made me fall in love with maple syrup for baking.
  • THIS is the recipe that made me realize how yummy safflower oil is.
  • THESE are the cookies that made me realize that vegan baking was possible.

They are beyond delicious.  I’ve made them several times (Yes, I know, but I just had to document them here!) and EVERYONE loves them.  Even Oprah loves them!  (Alicia Silverstone made them for her).

So, if you have been skeptical up to this point – TRY THESE and you won’t be disappointed.

Mmmmfff – what did you say?  Sorry I can’t hear you because I am munching on an oatmeal cookie!

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