Healthier oatmeal cookies

Taste

Recipe Finder

November 25, 2009|By Julie Rothman | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Gaila Droegemeier from Centerton, Ark., was hoping someone would have the recipe for a Weight Watchers oatmeal cookie. She had a recipe some years ago but misplaced it and she has not been able to reproduce the wholesome-tasting cookie to her satisfaction. A quick search on the Internet turned up several promising recipes.

I tested one by Michelle Marshal that she posted on a site called Suite101.com. I decided not to tell my testers that it was a Weight Watchers cookie. Based upon how fast the batch was gobbled at my house, I doubt anyone was aware that the chewy and delicious cookies were also low fat and relatively low calorie.

Requests
•Susan Koenig from Perry Hall is hoping someone will have the recipe for Haussner's restaurant Banana Cream Pie.

•Judith Kelly of Guerneville, Calif., is looking for a recipe for shrimp and pasta that she found 10 or 15 years ago in a San Francisco newspaper. It was very easy to make and contained shrimp, cherry tomatoes, angel hair pasta and butter.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Baltimore Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefin der@baltsun.com. Letters might be edited for clarity.

Oatmeal Cookies
Makes: 3 dozen cookies

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 whole egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together shortening, applesauce, sugars, egg and vanilla until shortening breaks into pea-sized pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets spaced two inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

Nutrition information
Per cookie: 65 calories, 1 gram fat, trace saturated fat, 1 gram protein, 13 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 6 milligrams cholesterol, 63 milligrams sodium

Note: Nutritional analyses in today's Taste section were conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shields unless otherwise stated.

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