In our ongoing attempts at potty training we have a reward system where there is a treat at the end of the day if there are no accidents. The problem is that this has to be balanced against a big sugar rush at bedtime so I try out different recipes with reduced sugar content to see which are successful. This week I tried oaty cookies. I adapted a recipe by reducing the sugar, adding extra oats and trying different dried fruits. I split the mix in two and added sultanas to one half (popular with the kiddies) and dried cranberries and orange zest (popular with the grown-ups) to the other half.
270g Stork margarine
100 g castor sugar
100g dark muscavado sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 and a half tsp vanilla extract
380g plain flour
three quarters of a tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
220g rolled oats
100g dried sweetened cranberries
zest of 1 large orange
- Cream the butters and sugars in a freestanding mixer.
- Beat the eggs and add the vanilla extract before adding to the buttercream a little at a time while continuinjg to mix.
- Mix together the salt, flour and bicarb and add slowly to the egg mix, continuing to mix until smooth.
- Add the rolled oats and mix to evenly distribute.
- Split the mixture into two:
- Add the cranberries and orange zest to one half
- Add the sultanas to the other half
- Grease 2 baking trays and pre-heat your oven to 180c
- Make small balls of the mixture by rolling between your palms then flatten them onto the baking trays.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden then cool on a wire rack