Maple-Flavored Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies


Phil saw his shadow this year on Groundhog Day, but if you live in the Northeast United States, you know he was wrong.

For those not familiar with some of our, umm, colorful American traditions, Groundhog Day (there also was a great movie by that name with Bill Murray) is Feb. 2 each year when the nation’s eyes turn to Punxsutawney, a teeny town in Pennsylvania. Thousands of visitors with vivid imaginations and trusting hearts gather there that day, absolutely riveted by a groundhog named Phil who is scheduled to emerge from his celebrated burrow to tell us just how long the winter is going to be.

The cute and fluffy but obviously bewildered Phil (who actually lives in the town library, according to Wikipedia) is picked up and flaunted by some important-looking men in tuxedos and top hats. Horns blow, and Phil’s “fans” scream their lungs out in appreciation. If Phil does not see his shadow, the legend goes, it will be a short winter. On the other hand, if he does see his shadow, he burrows right back into his hole, woe be, portending six more long, excruciating weeks of cold.

Well, this year that darned Phil saw his shadow (come to think of it, could you blame him for wanting to retreat into a cold, dark burrow back after all that?).

But this year, smartypants Phil isn’t getting away with it. Because out here in DC, at least, it doesn’t seem to be winter anymore.

Temperatures have been in the 60s the last few days, the sun has been shining, and everything’s all right with the world.

Well, not quite.

Things would be all right if I wasn’t laid up in bed with the kind of cold that makes you want to burrow into a hole of your own and shut out the whole world while you wallow in your misery.

But before I do exactly that, I wanted to share with you my recipe for these maple-flavored monster oatmeal-raisin cookies that are just perfect with a hot cup of ginger tea.

The addition of applesauce makes these cookies really chewy inside but they are crispy around the edges. I sweeten these with sugar and some pure maple syrup, which gives them that wonderfully rounded, rich sweetness. And I also added some pecans because when you’re on to a good thing, why stop?

I bet Phil would burrow out of his hole for one of these.

Maple-Infused Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Mix together:

1 1/4 whole-wheat pastry flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

In another bowl, mix together:

1/4 cup canola or other flavorless vegetable oil

2 tbsp non-dairy “butter” like Earth Balance

1 cup sugar

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp EnerG egg replacer mixed with 2 tbsp water (can substitute cornstarch)

1/4 cup applesauce

2 tbsp soy milk

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

When well-mixed, add to the batter:

2 cups rolled oats

Let the batter stand for 15 minutes so the oats absorb the liquid.

Now add the flour mixture in two instalments, mixing well after each addition.

Add to the batter:

3/4 lightly toasted pecans, chopped

1/2 cup raisins

On a large, greased cookie sheet, drop the batter in mounded tablespoons or with an
ice-cream scoop (leveled)

Leave at least 2 inches of space between the cookies because they will spread.

Bake in batches in a 375-degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until the cookies are
lightly brown on top and a deeper brown on the bottom.

Place the cookie sheet on a rack for 10 minutes so the cookies can firm up.

Using a thin spatula, transfer the cookies directly on the rack so they can continue cooling.

Enjoy!

This recipe goes out to the lovely Madhuram who’s hosting the Egg Replacement Event. Her egg replacer this month is EnerG.
(C) All recipes and photographs copyright of Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes.

14 thoughts on “Maple-Flavored Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

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    Asha

    February 11, 2009 at 10:25pm

    Love Maple syrup and love chewy Oatmeal cookies. Looks delicious!

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    DJ Karma

    February 12, 2009 at 1:31am

    Oh, Vaish! It’s your turn, huh? Hope you get better soon- and get that ginger tea workin’–those cookies look heavenly!

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    Sharmila

    February 12, 2009 at 2:53am

    If Phil would’ve known about global warming, he would not have seen his shadow … no matter how hard he tried. Winters are getting shorter and warmer everywhere. Loved the story Vaishali .. never knew about it. :-)
    Your cookies look delicious. Don’t let the cold put you down for too long. :-)

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    jodye

    February 12, 2009 at 3:10am

    These look absolutely amazing. Staring at that picture just gave me the biggest oatmeal raisin cookie craving ever

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    Cham

    February 12, 2009 at 5:04am

    My son will love these oatmeal cookies! That is a great story!

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    Priya

    February 12, 2009 at 2:40pm

    The last few days have been good here too, but the temps have gown down again today and we are expected to get some snow again! hmph!
    Hope the cookies and tea did the trick, get well soon :)

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    Pavithra Kodical

    February 12, 2009 at 4:01pm

    Healthy and yummy cookie..I would love to have one :)
    Thanks for the information about Groundhog Day.
    Winter in Chicago seems to be bad..The temp is still in 20′s..

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    Mihl

    February 17, 2009 at 12:28pm

    I think oatmeal raisin cookies are my favourite cookies…and they must be more than perfect with some maple syrup.

    Feel better soon!

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    Usha

    February 18, 2009 at 9:37pm

    Those cookies look awesome and I love the combination of oatmeal and maple syrup…hope you get well soon !

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    TBC

    February 19, 2009 at 2:57am

    This will help me put that canister of oats sitting on top of my refrigerator to good use. Thanks for the recipe, Vaishali. Bookmarked! I’ll be making a non-vegan version of this.:)

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    Madhuram

    February 22, 2009 at 1:27am

    I live in PA and didn’t know about Phil. That’s really a very good information Vaishali.

    Those cookies are bursting with flavors and healthy too. If it’s not a problem, could you send this cookie for my event.

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    GKB

    December 4, 2009 at 10:57am

    Hi
    I have a jar of pure maple sugar(gifted to me) begging to be used.Could I use it in this recipe?If I do,how can I make up the liquid portion of the recipe?
    Geetha

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