Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

For dessert, we made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen.


These cookies are soft and chewy and soft fresh from the oven and turned crispy when cooled.


We served Mint Iced Green Tea which the recipe can be found here.

From webmd.com:

Green tea is so good for you that it’s even got some researchers raving.

“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink”, says Christopher Ochner, PhD. He’s a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Of course, no one food will protect you from disease. Your health is wrapped up in your lifestyle and your genes, so even if you drink green tea all day long, you also need to take care of yourself in other ways, like not smoking, being active, and eating a healthy diet.

Green tea’s biggest benefit? “It’s all about the catechin content,” says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Cathechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.”


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins or cranberries or chocolate chips (or combinations of them)


Source: food.com

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The last item we made in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen is a cookie bar.


These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are good for breakfast or snack on the go.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups quick oats or rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


Source: Oneforthetable.com

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Orange Bizcochitos

The Mexican theme meal of the South Arm Women Community Kitchen ends with a Mexican cookie called Orange Bizcochitos.


Bizcochitos are anise-flavoured cookies that originated in New Mexico. Prepare the dough in advance, and refrigerate up to three days. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to three days. Omit the aniseed if you don’t care for its licorice flavour.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Source: this recipe is adapted from myrecipes.com

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Chinese Almond Cookies Recipe

Happy Chinese New Year eve to all Chinese readers.

Michelle shared a Chinese Almond Cookies recipe in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen for a little Chinese New Year spirit.


This Chinese Almond Cookie is light and is certainly great with tea or coffee.


  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour, lightly packed
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • thinly sliced almonds


Source: from Simplyrecipes.com

Yield 5 dozen

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No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

Michelle shared a no bake cookie bar recipe for the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.


These No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars has to be refrigerated and serve right out of the fridge.


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxmeal, flaked coconut, hemp seed or nuts


Source: this recipe is adapted from website New Nostalgia

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Perfect Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with 6 ingredients

Michelle shared an Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with 6 ingredients in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.


We made the cookies with extra ingredients like vanilla, ground cinnamon and baking powder to add more flavour and rise to the cookies.

Michelle brought up the issue of the new threat to health is sugar. She told us that she generally reduces the amount of sugar in her baking by half especially for those recipes that have other sweet ingredients like banana, dates, etc in it.


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar, preferably dark brown sugar (we used 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (or 1 cup quick oats as quick oats absorb more moisture than rolled oats)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (optional)
  • kosher salt (optional)


Source: BakerBettie.com

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Orange Ginger Crinkle Cookies

This is another recipe from mintgreenapron.blogspot.com which Minoo shared in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.


The Orange ginger Crinkle Cookies have a distinct flavour from the molasses. According to Minoo, molasses is a good source of iron. Pregnant women and vegetarian who miss out iron from red meat can benefit from eating food made with molasses.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (plus additional for rolling)
  • 3 tablespoons neutral flavoured oil like grapeseed oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest (or 1 teaspoon natural orange flavouring)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


Source: mintgreenapron.blogspot.com who adapted the recipe from The Joy of Cooking: All About Cookies

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Drommar (Swedish Dream Cookies)

This is another shortbread cookies made in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.


This Swedish Dream Cookies are flavoured with almond extract and with added flaked coconut.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (more if you like almond flavour)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


Source: this recipe is adapted from epicurius.com

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Gina’s Perfect Shortbread

These Gina’s Perfect Shortbread is easy to work with. You can make them as balls or roll it out with rolling pin and cut into desired shapes. The chocolate chips act as a guide for how thick they could be.


This shortbread isn’t overly sweet and the few chocolate chips add a little sweetness.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (preferred)

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