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Better-For-You Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal cookies / photo by Kelly Stigliano

I grew up on cookies made from Better Homes and Gardens recipes. That old pink gingham cookbook was a staple at our house.

Times have changed and my family is more health conscience. I wanted to present an old-fashioned favorite without all the unnecessary fats and sugars. So I tweaked that old book’s oatmeal cookie recipe. One of the joys of being an adult cook is that if you don’t like raisins, as I don’t, you simply omit them! The result is a new family favorite.

Better-For-You Oatmeal Cookies

½ C shortening
¾ C brown sugar
2 eggs
½ C sour milk*
1 C wheat flour
¾ C all-purpose unbleached white flour
1 t soda
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 t ground cinnamon**
1 t ground nutmeg
3 C old-fashioned rolled oats (quick-cooking rolled oats work, too)
½ C chopped walnuts**

* Sour milk is made by adding ½ T lemon juice to ½ C 1% milk. Allow to sit while sifting dry ingredients.

** I tend to be heavy-handed with the cinnamon and chopped walnuts.

Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together until light and fluffy.
Stir in sour milk.
In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture.
Stir in oats and nuts. (1 C raisins could be added here, if you’d like.)
Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Drop cookie batter from tablespoon two inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake in pre-heated 400° oven for about eight minutes.
Cool slightly; remove from pan.

Makes about 60 better-for-you cookies. Another joy of being an adult cook is that you can eat these for breakfast because, after all, they’re oatmeal!

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About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

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Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

To read some articles I’ve had published, hear about God’s story in my life from the “UNSHACKLED!” radio program or the Focus on the Family broadcasts, see my book, Praying for Murder, Receiving Mercy: From At-Risk to At Peace; My Journey from Fear to Freedom or explore the anthologies I’ve contributed to, please visit my website, www.kellystigliano.com.

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