Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

As a parent you think you know your kids pretty well. But every now and then they will do or say something that surprises you. Seriously, pre-teens can be tough to understand! Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development says at this age (12-18) children explore their independence and develop a sense of self and personal identity. So, when I was assigned to substitute teach a science class with some of my daughters’ friends I had a moment of apprehension.  The last thing I want to do is be too invasive, do something uncool and be shunned by her and her friends. I want to be a good teacher who manages a classroom well and be a good Mom. So, with a ratio of 3 friends to 25 students, I opted to do my job, be a good teacher and not worry about the rest.  

At the end of the day my daughter and I were walking to the car and talking about the day. I had a slight cringe, wondering what she would say about me being at her school. Then my daughter tells me, “my friends said, you’re so lucky…your Mom is so cool!”  She said she told them, “Yeah, I know…she is my Mom, I live with her.” This was one of those moments when I was really surprised! I have said it before, preteen hormonal girls can be challenging and then just like that, my sweet girl melts my heart. :D

 

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies | Pick Fresh Foods

Well, just like everyone at this time of the year I’m trying to eat better. Problem is I still want a little treat. So, these Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are my solution. 

I love these cookies! I use white whole wheat flour and lots of oats to make these rich in fiber. I love using whole wheat flour, but sometimes it makes a cookie too dense. Therefore, I use white whole wheat flour. It is a whole grain flour, so you get all the benefits of the bran, germ, and endosperm with a lighter flavor and texture.

Now, you know I love oats. I add them into anything I can. They are a fantastic source of soluble fiber. A great benefit is when we eat soluble fiber and it is being digested, it produces these small fatty acids that tell the liver to produce less cholesterol. So, your body uses what it has rather than produce more. This is always good, especially when you are working to lower your cholesterol levels.

 

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies | Pick Fresh Foods

My trick for having a sweet, but not over doing it is to bake these cookies into logs. Once baked, I cut each log into 1-inch pieces.  You think you are getting more than you actually are when you can’t eat the whole thing in one bite. One strip is all I need to satisfy my craving. 

 

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. In an electric mixer cream butter and sugars together. Add yogurt and blend into sugars. Add egg and beat until combined.
  2. With mixer off add flour, salt, and baking soda. Combine at low speed and increase to medium as flour is incorporated into dough.
  3. Slowly add in oats and beat until combined and dough comes together.
  4. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Form each pieces into a log shape about 6 inches long. Place on lined baking sheet. Chill on pan for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, or until top are firm. Some cracking does occur.
  6. Let cool for 2-3 minutes and slice with a sharp knife into 1 inch strips.

 
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These Chewy Oatmeal Cookies have the aroma of cinnamon and toasted oats. They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Thanks to a little yogurt they stay soft and chewy for days. 

 

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Comments

  1. I LOVE oatmeal cookies! I like how you portioned these, the strips are a really good idea.

  2. What a wonderful thing to hear from your daughter! These cookies look equally wonderful — I love healthier alternatives!

    • It really was Marcie :D She is real a sweetie and its nice to hear kind words :D These are our favorite oatmeal cookie. You’d never know they were made with whole grains!

  3. That was so sweet what your daughter said to you – must have made your day and week :) These oatmeal cookies would make my week too! My favorite all time cookies are oatmeal and I love that you used Greek yogurt and white whole wheat flour in here. Cutting them into logs sounds like a great trick too :)

    • Thanks Kelly :D She is kinda a daddy’s girl, so it’s nice to hear what she thinks of me too. It makes me happy. These cookies make me happy too! Being able to have a little treat is always nice :D

  4. What a perfect snack to take to work. Better than eating that processed stuff!

    • I couldn’t agree more! Homemade is so much better and I love knowing exactly what went into making my food :D Thanks Layla!

  5. Aww your girl is the sweetest <3 And these cookies look awesome! Oatmeal anything is a winner, and chewy cookies are the bomb! x

    • Aww, thanks Consuelo :D I love these cookies. Oatmeal is at the top of my favs list. Combined with a chewy cookie and I’m in heaven!

  6. Oh just like a biscotti but baked once! Cool! Your daughter sounds sweet. If all her friends think that, you really must be a cool mom! I never thought my mom was cool when I was that age.

    • Ah, yes like biscotti. Yum, I love biscotti too :D Thankfully, her friends were part of a “good” class. I hope her thinking I’m cool means I’m doing something right. Although, I’m sure next week she’ll think I’m a dork. Lol

  7. Aw, what a sweet story! My friends mom would substitute sometimes, and it was a cool mom too. Glad it worked out well! And these oatmeal cookies look amazing. Perfect shape for dipping in coffee. Yum!

    • Thanks Natalie :D Hmm, maybe they liked me cause I was their friends Mom? I’m happy it was a good day. Crazy days are exhausting! I’d need some of these Chewy Oatmeal Cookies after those days. :D

  8. huntfortheverybest says:

    wish i had some now with my tea!

  9. These look great Cindy! I love cooking with oats too! And, after your daughter’s comment –> “your Mom is so cool!”, she definitely deserved a cookie! Hahaha! Have a wonderful week!

    • Haha :D Yes, she does! Cookies for everyone!! Kids don’t normally say things like that, so we must celebrate. Haha. Hope you are having a good week :D

  10. I like that you baked these into logs!! Great idea!

    • Thanks Ashely! It really helps with portion control. Plus they are packed with oats, so a couple bites and you fill satisfied :D

  11. This looks beyond yummy! I was literally looking for a quick treat between classes and this is it! Thanks Cindy!

  12. Oh Jessica these would be perfect. I know school can be exhausting and a little sweet treat would hit the spot perfectly! Ok, these and some caffeine :D

  13. Gahhhhh! Yes … pre-teens … challenging!!!! But still so, so sweet! (I have a house full of giggling, happily shrieking tween girls for my daughter’s birthday party this very moment – no kidding!) I love this story about your daughter! What were you worried about? Of course you are the very bestest mommy! :D Definitely loving these cookies, too! And your great tip about cutting them into deceptively satisfying strips – great trick!

    • Giggling and shrieking is so appropriate when describing young girls. My son and hubby spent my daughters last bday searching for ear plugs. Haha
      They are silly, sometimes exhausting little blessing :D
      Happy birthday to your girl! Have a great weekend :D

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