Trick or Treat or How ’bout some cookies?

Low Fat Oatmeal Gooey Goodness

It’s halloween and between candy and chocolate and Oktoberfest (had to throw that in there somewhere), I needed something else to satisfy my sweet tooth. So I decided to make my go-to absolute favorite low fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, courtesy of baking bites. The only problem? Those trick-or-treaters kept interrupting! It was a happy interruption of course, but my husband and I just couldn’t believe how many people came to the door. There were swarms of them. It seemed like hundreds. We had to run back to the grocery store twice to get more candy. I would get through one step in the recipe and then have to stop to answer the door. Baking power. Knock-knock. Trick or Treat. Baking soda. Happy Halloween. Salt. Cinnamon. Ding dong, give me candy. You get the picture. Somehow I got through the recipe. Although I accidentally put 1/3 cup of applesauce instead of 1/4. It’s ok. No need to panic. I just added in a few extra oats and 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to make up for it. They still turned out absolutely delicious. And they are always a huge hit. I’ve given them as gifts, made them for multiple family functions and bakes sales. No one ever complains. And no one would ever guess they are low fat. 

Oatmeal Cookies waiting for the oven

My favorite (and everyone else’s favorite) low fat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Since I follow the recipe pretty much exactly, I’ll just provide the link this time:

http://bakingbites.com/2007/06/low-fat-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/#more-816

But I will say this. Have fun with it. Feel free to play around with add ins to the recipe. I’ve used 1/4 cup ripe mashed banana instead of apple sauce. Still delicious (and not too banana-y if you’re not a fan of that). I usually use whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular all purpose. I’ve swapped out the cup of chocolate chips for M&Ms and that was amazing. They come out extra melty with a slight crunch. Mmm. And it makes them festive. Like the ones I made way back on Valentines day. 

Valentines Day Oatmeal Cookies

Oh, and one last thing. Really pay attention to the baking time on these. I usually leave them in the oven for exactly 10 minutes, then take them out and let them rest on the warm stove for another 2 minutes or so before moving them to the cooling rack. That keeps them extra gooey. And who can resist that? 

Oatmeal Cookies on cooling tray

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      dabbling chef

      That’s a great idea! You could even try using leftover halloween candy. Like snickers or crunch bars. At least the base recipe is healthier!

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