I made these Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies over the weekend and have probably already eaten half the batch, which I felt guilty about until a sweet Twitter follower reminded me that both blueberries AND oatmeal are good for your heart. Score! Yes… I know that doesn’t exactly make these fall into the “health food” category, but it’s gotta be more innocent than the chocolate chip version we usually make around here, right? =)
And getting back to the taste buds… these really ARE yummy! They have all the sweetness of oatmeal cookies with a refreshing hint of blueberry muffin goodness. I baked some of them for about 12 mins and they came out a little undercooked (not complaining at all about that though!) – and others for about 15 mins and they were more cake-y… so you can bake them to be what you like.
And now… onto the pictorial & recipe, starting with what you need:
Most of these ingredients are probably already in your pantry: eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, oil, butter, flour, salt, baking soda, old fashioned oats, and then the blueberries of course!
Start by beating the sugar, butter, and oil… it will be slightly lumpy, but will smooth out once you beat in the eggs and vanilla (which is next).
In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking soda, and salt…
Pour dry mixture into wet mixture. (It will be easiest/less messy if you pour half the dry ingredients in first, combine that, then pour the rest in…)
Already looking tasty… isn’t oatmeal cookie dough the best? Something about the added texture even kicks it up a notch from regular chocolate chip cookie dough…
Finally, fold in the blueberries, a little at a time.
I started out with a spoon but quickly discovered that mixing by hand was much more effective/efficient…
Drop large spoonfuls onto cookie, sheets, and bake for 12-15 mins, depending on your oven/cookie firmness preference.
And you’re done – ENJOY! That part of the instructions should be especially easy to follow. =) Remember to pat yourself on the back for doing something good by eating both blueberries and oatmeal in one sitting. *wink*
BLUEBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES RECIPE
(originally discovered at Dinner with Julie & doubled below)
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 2 cups packed brown sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3 cups cups old-fashioned oats
– 2 tsp.= baking soda
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 2 cups (or so) fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Beat the butter, oil and brown sugar until creamy; beat in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt, then pour this dry mixture into the wet ingredients, a little at a time until fully combined. Finally, add the blueberries and mix well. Drop large spoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges but still soft in the middle.
Makes about 2.5 dozen cookies.