No Fail Bake Sale Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

By February 26, 2015Blog, Food

I don’t know what your kid’s school bake sales look like but if they’re anything like the ones where my kiddos go, it’s sugar-laden-high-fructose-corn-syrup’d baked item after another. Kids are given a couple bucks and for some reason, that’ll give them the purchasing power a dozen cupcakes and eat them all before their first class at 9am.

Now before I sound even more crotchety and bitter than I already do, bake sales are, indeed, a wonderful way to yes, fund-raise for school resources, field trips and other important stuff, but also engage with kids on the food front. The older your kids are the better they’ll understand the connection of food being fuel, and school is an important place for young minds to have the energy to learn. So sneak in some nutrients! These cuties have chocolate (yay!) and flax seed and oats for energy (wahoo!).


So, with that, here’s my (mostly) healthy recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

1 1/4 cups of flour
1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of shortening
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup (or more!) semi sweet chocolate chips

Sift flour, salt, soda and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and set aside. Stir in flax seed. In your trusty Kitchenaid mixer (or by hand) beat shortening, eggs, sugars until well creamed. Add dry ingredients, mix until well blended. Remove the mixing bowl from the mixer (or just keep going on with your bad self) and add the oats and chocolate chips. I like to chill my dough for 1/2 hour at this point, but carry on brave soldier and roll those into 1 tbsp-ish balls (or cheat and use an ice cream scooper), flatten and arrange on a cookie sheet (stone works best) and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350° oven. Cool on cooling racks and toast your success with a glass of milk!

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