Better-For-You Oatmeal Cookies

Encouraged? Share this post...

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!

Reading God’s Story Schedule today, 7/22/13: Prayer & Meditation. Pray and meditate over last week’s scripture readings.

Join hosts Page and Cindy on Facebook where we are discussing today’s reading. Everyone is invited to join by clicking the ‘Join Group’ button. We have 600+ women reading the Bible through together! Join us and invite your friends too!


About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been a speaker and writer for over 25 years. She and her husband of over 30 years, Jerry, enjoy life in Orange Park, FL. To learn more, visit

Encouraged? Share this post...