Going with the Grain – Oatmeal and Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookies

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Bet you didn’t think you’d be seeing the word “dessert” in the same sentence as “whole grains”, did you? Whole grains for dessert? I know, I am really stretching the envelope here. But these cookies are chock  full of whole grains and raisins with a little dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. “Well, yeah,they have oatmeal in them – of course they have whole grain in them!” Ah, but that isn’t all!!  These are made with white whole wheat flour. Unlike traditional whole wheat flour this flour is made from a hard white winter wheat and is lighter in both color and texture – making it ideal for use in baked goods. I use the King Arthur brand which is readily available in my grocery store. If your local store doesn’t stock it, you can order it from King Arthur.

Want to try these cookies?? If so, you will have a chance this weekend!! I’ll be selling these cookies at the First Annual Food Blogger’s Bake Sale!!!  This bakesale will be taking place all over the U.S. to benefit Share our Strength, a charity dedicated to eliminating hunger in the United States. In Los Angeles, 50 or so LA and Orange County based Food Bloggers will be gathering at Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at the Grove (189 Grove Drive) in Los Angeles from 10:30am to 1:30pm THIS SATURDAY, April 17, 2010!!! We’ll be selling all kinds of delectable goodies – Gaby Dalkin from “What’s Gaby Cooking?”, Rachael from LaFujimama.com , Jen from Devour the World , Matt Armendariz of MattBites will be there so come on out and see your favorite LA/Orange County bloggers, taste some fabulous goodies AND support a wonderful cause … honestly, what could be better!???

Oatmeal and Chocolate Covered Raisin  Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate covered raisins

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed unitl butter is creamy. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Beat in the flour and then the oats. Stir in the chocolate covered raisins. 
Drop dough by tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes until cookies are golden. Cool until firm enough to handle and transfer to cooling racks. When cool, transfer to air tight containers. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies. 


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