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Stay Home & Bake: Debbra Lee’s Cherry Rolled Oats Christmas Cookies

by Voices Wellness 18 Nov 2021
Photo: Unsplash

This festive season, treat yourself to these wholesome and yummy cookies featuring rolled oats and tart cherries.

What’s delicious, healthy, and will most certainly make your kitchen smell like Christmas morning? These cherry rolled oats cookies by Debbra Lee of Bisou Bake Shop are a breeze to make and will be snapped up by your guests in no time.

Rolled oats, which are a lightly processed form of whole-grain food, are a key ingredient here. Not only are they a gluten-free whole grain, but they’re also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. Eating oats regularly can contribute to potential health benefits like weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Meanwhile, the addition of sour cherries gives these cookies a pleasant hint of tartness, while offering important nutrients including phytochemicals (disease-fighting plant compounds), antioxidants, and vitamin C. Pistachios, which contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fibre, and antioxidants, will add a delightful crunch to these cookies.

Photo: Debbra

Ingredients

100g Butter at room temperature

80g Brown sugar

50g Caster sugar

1 Egg

1 tsp Vanilla extract

135g (1 cup) Plain flour

50g (1/2 cup) Rolled oats

1/4 tsp Baking soda

A pinch of Salt

½ cup White chocolate buttons

½ cup Sour cherries

½ cup Pistachios

Method

  1. Place flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and mix till all dry ingredients are blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, blend butter and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla, then mix well to form a paste.
  3. Mix in the flour and oat mix. Fold in the fruit, chocolate, and pistachios
  4. Measure out tablespoons of the cookie dough and chill for five minutes. Once firmed up, roll into balls. Chill again for 10 minutes.
  5. While the cookie dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 180 degrees / 160 degrees (fan assisted) and line trays with baking paper.
  6. Place cookie balls on the tray, keeping each one about two inches apart.
  7. Bake for 18 -20 minutes.

Cookies should be golden brown and a little soft when they come out of the oven. Leave to cool on the tray as they will continue to firm up. After 10 minutes, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack, or eat them straight away!

About Debbra Lee

She started baking at 12 years of age and currently owns Bisou Bake Shop in Malaysia and Singapore, which specialises in home-style bakes and baking kits. Pottering around in her kitchen experimenting with new recipes and ideas is Debbra’s true passion and she finds it both therapeutic and calming. During Mental Health Month, she brought The Depressed Cake Shop movement to Singapore to raise funds and awareness around mental health conditions.

 

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