Sunday, March 25, 2012

Breakfast Cookies

I've been looking for a recipe like this for a while now. Most that I had found were nothing more than glorified chocolate chip cookies.  Now, I found one that I can feel good about giving to my kids for breakfast or a mid-morning snack!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cup finely shredded carrots (2 medium)
1/2 cup raisins

6 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350*.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside
In a small bowl, stir together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, sugars, and egg.  Slowly add carrots and raisins, then the flour mixture.
Drop dough 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.  Bake each sheet for 10-12 minutes (for me it took 15 minutes) until the cookies begin to brown.  Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet, then remove to cool on a wire rack.
For filling, in a small bowl mix cream cheese and maple syrup.  Spread 1 Tbsp between 2 cookies to make sandwiches.

I didn't make the filling, so I don't know how it turns out with it.  I would probably substitute honey for the maple syrup since I'm cheap :)  My batch made 24 cookies, they are about 100 calories each this way.  I didn't try it, but I'm sure you could substitute apple sauce for the oil.  They freeze wonderfully!