Recently I bought coconut oil because I read about it great health benefits so I have been trying to figure out ways to use it. Today I made oatmeal raisin cookies and substituted half the butter for coconut oil... they were delicious. You can hardly taste the coconut oil so if you are serving to people that don't like coconut, they will never know it is in there!
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350. Beat together butter, coconut oil and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add cinnamon, flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir in oats and raisins.
Drop by rounded tablespoons on to un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on cookie sheet then transfer to a cooling rack.
More information on coconut oil:
- rich in lauric acid (which is a medium-chain fatty acid found in mother's milk that supports a healthy metabolism)
- supports a healthy thyroid function & proper weight management
- known to promote smooth and supple skin
- can be used in place of other oils including butter
Also~ it is solid (just like shortening) at room temperature but melts like butter when put on heat. I bought it at Whole Foods but you can get it anywhere.