January 2, 2012

Trail Mix Cookies

It's 2012, and it's time for New Year's Resolutions! "I want to eat healthier" is a ubiquitous phrase, but it doesn't necessarily mean tofu and protein shakes. By making simple switches, you can save a ton of calories without sacrificing much. These Trail Mix Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth, and they are full of oats, coconut, raisins, and peanuts. You can change the ingredients as long as you keep the basic flavors and ratios, so try them with other dried fruits and nuts. I will also sometimes substitute whole wheat flour for about half the all-purpose listed. There is so little cookie dough in the cookies because of the oats, fruits, and nuts that you won't taste the difference. For more recipes to assist you in your pursuit of sticking to your New Year's Resolutions, check out PopCosmo.

1/2 Stick Butter, Softened
1/4 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Baking Soda, dissolved in
1 T Warm Water
1/2 Cup + 2 T Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/3 Cup Roasted Peanuts
2/3 Cup Raisins

Preheat oven to 375F and line cookie trays with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening; beat in the brown sugar. Add the egg, baking soda solution, flour, salt, and vanilla, stirring well after each addition. Stir in the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, peanuts, and raisins.

Scoop the dough into 30g balls. Place them on the cookie trays and flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes or until browned.

Makes 28
Recipe Adapted from Gourmet

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