Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fruity Flax Cookies

Good Grains Fruit Cookies

Healthy, but yummy, flax seed cookies

Servings:approx. 4 dozen
Prep time:15 mins.
Cook time:15 mins./batch
Total time:30 mins.

1&1/2 cups mixed, dried fruits ( apples, apricots, peaches, pears raisins, cherries, cranberries, blueberries)Of your choice.
1/3 c. ground flax seeds
1 cup milk
2-1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
2 teasp.baking powder
1 1/2 teasp. ground cinnamon, or ginger
1/2 teasp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg

1. Position oven racks in top and bottom thirds of oven and preheat to 375 degrees.Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

2. Chop dried fruit if using large pieces; stir fruit and flax seeds into milk and set aside.
In bowl, combine oats,flour, baking powder,cinnamon & salt. In large bowl, using an electric mixer,beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until creamy.
Using wooden spoon, stir in oat mixture alternately with milk mixture, making three additions of dry ingredients and two of milk.

3. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto prepared baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart, and slightly flatten.
Bake for about 15 mins.,rotating pans halfway, or until golden along the edges, yet soft in the center.
Let cool for 3 mins; transfer cookies to rack and cool.
***Let baking sheets cool and repeat with remaining batter.
**Baked cookies can be layered between waxed or parchemnt paper in airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.

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