My friend Sabrina is brilliant. She is my Jeopardy nemesis and savvy in accounting, business and life overall. I have always trusted her insights and counsel in most matters, but learned of an egregious error in judgement. She erroneously thinks that chocolate chip cookies are better than oatmeal. What’s next -baked ravioli is better than Stouffers Lasagna or fried pickles are any good at all – Get outta here!!! Maybe what is needed is an empirical argument. So here goes.
Chocolate Chip vs Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies just sound healthier than other cookies because both oats and raisins are healthy, natural ingredients. However, the other ingredients of oatmeal raisin cookies, namely butter and sugar are still prevalent.
The ingredients of an oatmeal raisin cookie include butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, oats and raisins. Oatmeal cookies, like other cookies, contain large amounts of sugar and butter. While these ingredients can be enjoyed in moderation in a balanced diet, they do not have nutritional value. According to the USDA, people should limit their consumption of fats and processed sugars.
Oats and raisins are considered healthy ingredients. One serving of oats contains 4 grams of fiber, which aids in proper digestion. Raisins are dried grapes and also contain dietary fiber, as well as calcium and small amounts of vitamin C.
While oatmeal raisin cookies seem healthier than chocolate chip cookies, the truth is they are remarkably similar nutritionally. Oatmeal raisin cookies contain slightly more fiber and protein than chocolate chip cookies, but they also contain more overall calories and sugar.
Store-bought oatmeal raisin cookies are traditionally made with large amounts of sugar and butter. Baked cookies at home make them healthier. Using less butter and a sugar substitute will reduce calories. Adding more raisins and oats benefits their nutritional value.
Point of Record- Oatmeal Cookies are freaking delicious.
Perhaps SVN has never tasted an authentically good Oatmeal cookie. If that is the case, here is a recipe for you to try.
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Grease a cookie sheet and set to the side.
Soak the raisins in hot water for 15 minutes, and then drain and pat dry.
In a bowl, sift the flour and baking soda. Mix in the oats. Set to the side.
Place the butter, brown and white sugar, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, cream the ingredients at low speed into it becomes a smooth paste. Add the eggs and vanilla, and blend on low speed until combined. Add the flour mixture to dough, and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Add the chocolate chips and raisins.
Place 18 heaping 2 tbsp scoops of dough onto the baking sheet, each 2 inches apart. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.