Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Oaty Cookies

It's difficult to find snacks and biscuits for the family when The Comedian can't have wheat, Povey can't have dairy, and I'm not supposed to have either!

When I get a chance I bake them myself and these little oaty cookies go down well with everyone... hence the name "vanishing"! The original recipe was off a pack of oats, but I have adapted it over time to suit our tastes...dairy/wheat-free, less sugar, more cinnamon etc.

Vanishing Mini Oats and Raisins cookies

½ pound/2 sticks/ 226g dairy-free margarine, softened
1 cup/220g firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups/180g Dove's farm gluten and wheat-free white self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups/ 150g Oats (uncooked)
1 cup/ 40g raisins


  1. Preheat Oven to 175 Degrees C.
  2. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla extract, beat till well combined.
  4. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon, mix well.
  5. Add oats and raisins, mix well.
  6. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

I find that wheat-free cookies tend not to spread much when they bake, so require a little shaping before you pop them in the oven. They are also more crumbly than normal cookies, although that's improved if you can resist eating them before they're fully cooled!
If you don't want to make them wheat/dairy free, then just replace the flour and margarine. Also this recipe makes loads of cookies, (as you can see from the photos... that last batch was 90 cookies!) so if you don't need that many just halve the recipe amounts.

Enjoy :)


Apron Thrift Girl said...

They look so delicious. I can't have gluten or oats which is such a shame. Oatmeal with brown sugar is one of my most missed foods. I'm so glad that you found something that all of you can eat.

Tequilamonky said...

Aw you poor thing, I'd miss it too.

The Comedian is one of those lucky ones who can't tolerate wheat but is fine with oats and spelt flour (an early form of wheat), I think it must be something other than the gluten he can't have.

I think quinoa would work as a substtute in this recipe but I've never actually tried it. I may have a go and let you know, I'm guessing the quinoa in flakes would work best...

Tequilamonky said...

I just made a half-batch of these but was short on cinnamon so instead replaced a third of the sugar with grated dark chocolate. They didn't turn out too pretty but they certainly taste good!

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