|The Best Chewy Oatmeal Goat Cheese Cookies|
You heard (read) me sing the praises of Canyon Ranch desserts with my 5 Ingredient Chewy Macaroons, and I'm back to share another CR-inspired cookie because they're just so gooooodddd! I'm not even typically a fan of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I mean, in a standard cookie lineup, I'd go for anything chocolate or molasses/ginger before reaching for Oatmeal Raisin. That is, until I tried Canyon Ranch's!
Chewy, soft in the middle with just slightly crispy edges, lightly sweetened with hints of cinnamon and vanilla and flush with plump raisins, not the dry kind. These are no ordinary oatmeal raisin cookies, and I was hooked on first bite.
Lucky for you and me, the Canyon Ranch blog shares many of their signature recipes, so I was able to noodle around and find the secret to their O-R cookie success! A few things jumped out at me: 1) They use 1 egg yolk instead of the whole egg, which adds moisture and richness without drying the cookies out. 2) They use cream cheese!!!!
Huh. Cream cheese? My thoughts exactly. But upon further musing (I realize I am lucky to have time to muse over cream cheese), I decided the cream cheese must also add decadence, as well as slightly sour "tang" that is a perfect foil to the sweet ingredients. Since I'm not typically a fan of cream cheese, as it tends to be processed, I decided to try goat cheese in its stead. Goat cheese can be easier to digest than cow's dairy, and I looked for one made locally from pastured goats (Noble Springs, holla!).
I also used spelt flour in my version, instead of refined all-purpose. For my own flavor twists, I swapped raisins for dried wild blueberries I found at Trader Joe's, and I used almond extract instead of vanilla. However, you can certainly use the original pair, or sub chocolate chips or chopped nuts, and I guarantee it will be delicious!
Which, these cookies ARE. Oh my lawd! I was over the moon when I tried one...then two...ok then maybe a third. Which is totally cool because they're small little guys. I do not advocate calorie counting in general, but I know a lot of you are interested in the numbers and I respect that. So I did some crunching (literal and metaphorical) for these cookie, and they clock in at about 65 calories each. So do with that what you will!
My personal favorite way to enjoy these cookies is with a blob of cashew or peanut butter in between two, for a cookie sammy, but they're also just fabulous with a hot mug of milky tea. P.S. Homemade cashew butter mixed with a little maple syrup is the filling in these pictures.
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