Monday, June 7, 2010

Oatmeal "Wookie" Cookies

I discovered this cookie recipe behind the lid of a Quaker quick oats tumbler during the first year of my marriage.  But it's only recently that its clever title was acquired...  

While savoring a warm-from-the-oven dozen with me and Jordan, my mother reported that the dessert was soft and chewy...  Chewie???  We looked at each other, laughed, and it all came together in an instant...  I guess we all had Star Wars on the brain!  Chewie, the nick-name of large, furry character, Chewbacca, is a member of a race of creatures called Wookies.  And obviously, "Wookie" rhymes with "cookie"...  Before we knew it, the three of us had transformed a batch of seemingly ordinary baking into something even Han Solo could be proud of!  :)

An old-fashioned delight with a space-age twist--what fun!  As a fan of oatmeal cookies and all things Star Wars, I affectionately recommend you these tasty morsels!  And if, perhaps, you're not into science fiction, that's okay.  Call this treat what ever you like, just so long as you give it a try!  I modified the ingredients a little to make everything vegan-worthy.  But not to worry--they're still easy to bake and taste delicious!  I even think a big brown hairy space pilot "long ago, in a galaxy far far away..." might take a liking to them as well!  :D

Oatmeal "Wookie" Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen.

Organic Ingredients:
1 cup Earth Balance spread
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup white sugar
2-3 Tbsp dairy-free milk or 2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt (or 1 Tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups rolled oats, dry (quick or old fashioned)
1/2 cup raisins or vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Just a note: for a thicker cookie, as pictured above, cut the milk requirement.  Begin by beating together the spread, sugars, milk, vanilla, and salt.  In separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, oats, and raisins.  Combine the two bowls well.  Roll dough into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on the pan for 3 minutes.  Transfer to wire rack.  Enjoy!


sooz said...

Hi Valerie :D
Thanks for following my blog! I thought I'd come and check yours out too!

This recipe looks delicious! I love their name too, even though I've never seen the star wars films - I think I just like words that rhyme! :D

Mandiee said...

I love the cute name! Who wouldn't want a "wookie" cookie? I'm always up for a new twist on a chocolate chip cookies :). One of my favorite recipes is a hybrid between oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip. Yum!

Have a lovely day!

Amanda said...

I looove how thick these look!! Starred for a rainy day :)

The Voracious Vegan said...

Ahhh! I love these! I want some wookie cookies! The name is hilarious but those look like some seriously delicious cookies, so big and beautiful. I'm intrigued that the recipe calls for liquid aminos...I've got to give that a try...

Vegan Valerie said...

Thank you so much Sooz, Mandiee, Amanda, and Voracious! Ladies, you brightened my day with your kind words!

Voracious, the liquid aminos ingredient is my and my husband's attempt at avoiding salt. We figure the aminos are better for us than common table salt. But perhaps not. Certainly, which ever ingredient you choose, the flavor of the finished product should be the same. And that's a comforting thought. :)

And I appreciated all of your enthusiasm about the Star Wars themed title! After I posted, I wondered to myself if I'd scare readers away with my geekiness. But in the end, I decided I've got to be true to myself. I am me! There's no use hiding it! :)

So, thanks for sticking by me, girls! Love you!

HiHoRosie said...

Yummo!! Love the name of them too. ;)

Vegan Valerie said...

Thank you, HiHo!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Cute name, gorgeous cookies! These look awesome!!

Michal said...

MMM these just look way too tasty! :) I miss you so much my zumba friend!

Vegan Valerie said...

Thank you, Jess!

Vegan Valerie said...

Michal, I miss you too! I'm sorry for not blogging more lately--life's been a little crazy. But I still think about you! Zumba forever!!! :) Love you, Michal!

blessedmama said...

Those look amazing! Eat, eat, eat.

Vegan Valerie said...

Thank you, BlessedMama! :)

miss v said...

happy to see another vegan valerie blogging! :) and those cookies looks fab!

Tess said...

Hahaha, I always think of Star Wars too :) Does using braggs over salt alter the flavor at all? these cookies look wonderful!

Vegan Valerie said...

Miss V??? You must be a Valerie also! That's very cool! I'm very glad you stopped by. I'll come visit your blog too! :)

Vegan Valerie said...


The Bragg's doesn't seem to affect the flavor any differently than table salt. We just try to avoid table salt at our house, that's what the Bragg's is all about. :)

Hey! and it's great to find another Star Wars fan out there, Tess!

I'll talk to you again soon! :D

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Those look delicious!!!

Anonymous said...

These ARE delicious...have made twice now and they get RAVE reviews from adults and kids alike.

I have made them with 1) raisins, 2) chocolate chips and 3) cinnamon chips (available around the holidays). All are simply wonderful.


Vegan Valerie said...

Dear Gail,

I think yours is the nicest comment I've ever received! As soon as I got it forwarded it my husband so he could bask in the joy of your kind words!

You see, he's the primary cookie-baker around our house. He's the one who played with this recipe and made it the delicious vegan treat that it is. I'm just the blogger--he's the chef.

You'll probably never read this message because you left your comment "anonymously", but I want you to know how much it means to us that you enjoy the recipe enough to come back and tell us so!

Best of everything to you, Gail! Happy Baking! :D