Oatmeal Flax Cookies
adapted from Bonnie Stern (this recipe is not in any of her cookbooks, but appeared in one of our national newspapers about 10 years ago)
Makes approx. 50 cookies
Allow 2 hours freezing time for the dough
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup ground flax
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flax seeds, whole or lightly crushed
Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream butter and white and brown sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer until light. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then add vanilla.
In another bowl, combine flour with ground flax and baking soda. Stir well. Add to batter. (This is a thick soft dough and my KitchenAid sometimes labors when mixing this part.)
Stir in rolled oats and flax seed (see above regarding the mixer...). At this point I sometimes dump the dough into a very large bowl and mix in the loose flour mixture that usually sits in the bottom of the mixing bowl with a large wooden spoon or by hand. It is a lot of dough, but it is not stiff.
Shape cookies into 2 logs approximately 2" x 12" and wrap tightly in parchment paper. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
Slice logs into 1/4" rounds and arrange on cookie sheets in a single layer. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on racks.
I usually can fit about 20 cookies per baking sheet. They do spread a bit while baking, so their sides will touch if putting this many on your baking sheet.
A coffee grinder can easily grind the flax seeds, but you can also find pre-ground flaxseed at the grocery store. I store mine in the refrigerator.
When I make the cookie logs for freezing I just flatten the logs off on all sides--the dough is soft at this stage and I find it easier to handle and to make the "sides" of the logs flat.
This recipe makes A LOT of cookies -luckily they freeze well.
Keep the cookie logs on hand in your freezer and just slice and bake a few as needed.
.....and if you are so inclined
I own all of Bonnie Stern's cookbooks -- she creates wonderful recipes that are FULL of flavor. She has written several Heart Smart cookbooks and they are some of the best cookbooks I own. The best. And I own a lot of cookbooks.
Bonnie Stern's website.