Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookiesA nice, full of spice, oatmeal cookie that makes a nice lunchbox treat to tuck in as a surprise.

1 cup unbleached or whole-wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar or other sweetener

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. vanilla extract

11/2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup fortified soy or rice milk

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.

In separate bowl, mix sugar, oil, molasses, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour mixture, rolled oats, milk, raisins, and walnuts. Mix well.

Drop rounded tablespoonsful of cookie dough onto an oil-sprayed cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake until light brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 30 cookies