Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Before having Ben, I worked downtown in close proximity to a Cookies by George.  I had a healthy obsession with their Chewy Oatmeal Cookie.  Over the years, their cookie prices kept rising so I decided to make my own version of their oatmeal cookie.  They had a hint of orange that made them irresistible.  I took a recipe for Oatmeal Power Cookies (which I’ll share someday as well) and modified it to create these delicious cookies.   

Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Makes 24 Cookies) 

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unbleached sugar
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 medium naval orange
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins 

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.   

Cream butter, sugar and flaxseed until fluffy.  Add egg and beat thoroughly.  Mix in vanilla. 

Wash orange thoroughly under hot water using a mild soap or vegetable wash.  Dry and zest orange.  Squeeze 2 Tbsp. orange juice (about half of the medium orange).  Mix in orange zest and orange juice.

Add flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well.   Add oats, coconut and raisins.  Mix until blended.  

Using a tablespoon, spoon mixture on baking sheets (I find the dough easier to manage if it sits in the fridge for at least an hour).  Using the bottom of a drinking glass, lightly press the cookie dough to slightly flatten.  Dip the glass in a bit of water to prevent sticking.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until edges are done but centers are soft.  Remove to a rack and cool.