Baking for Babies: Berry Oatmeal Cookies

I received a bunch of samples in the mail this week of Enfagrow A+, which is labelled as a ‘toddler nutritional drink.’ Since my kiddo won’t drink anything except water or breastmilk (not even juice! Crazy kid!), I didn’t want these samples to go to waste. I’ve heard only good things about the importance of DHA and other Omega 3 fatty acids in a toddler’s diet, so I really wanted to incorporate a potentially beneficial source of nutrients into something I knew would get eaten.

K is a huge fan of cookies. Arrowroot, animal crackers, the Oreos she’s stolen from her grandpa on occasion. But rather than buy store-bought ones all the time, or feed her the sugar-laden chocolate chip cookies I prefer, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I used up the DHA-rich Enfagrow, and made some great-tasting kid-friendly cookies! Give them a try and let me know what you (or your kiddos) think!

Very Berry Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries and raspberries (or nuts, chocolate/yogurt chips, trail mix…anything)
1 cup prepared ‘toddler drink’(substitute with prepared formula or milk/milk alternative)

In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (note: I already cut the sugar by 50% for this recipe, so I wouldn’t recommend cutting it any more…I don’t know how the cookies would hold up). Add the eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly combined. Add oats, baking powder, flour and vanilla, and mix well. The dough will be very dry. Mix in the prepared ‘toddler drink’ (or other liquid), and let the dough stand for about 10 minutes. It will look more like a wet muffin batter than a solid cookie dough, but that’s okay!

Scoop heaping teaspoon-fuls onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Let cool completely before serving. The cookies will be crispy on the bottom, and soft through the middle.

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