Oatmeal Goji Berry Cookies

I tried the recipe on the lid of Quaker Oats, old fashioned oatmeal, but substituted goji berries, for the raisins. The following is some information on goji berries, right from the package. “Goji berries have been used in Asian herbal medicine for over 5,000 years. The goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. It is a vegetarian form of protein, packed with essential amino acids, rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Goji berries possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin (B2), vitamin E as well as carotenoids, including beta-carotene.” Sounds like we all need to be eating these berries, doesn’t it? The package suggests that one can use them in “smoothies and tea, granola and oatmeal, and yogurt and salad”.

Here is the recipe for the cookies I made:
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tbsp. butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup goji berries

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
2. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
3. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
4. Add oats and goji berries; mix well.
5. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cooke sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Utt oh! I just realized I didn’t put all the butter I needed, in my recipe today!! Oh well, I hope they taste ok??? I made these today and sent out to my sister, who just had surgery. Also, a friend that just had surgery and another friend that is recovering from illness. I think they make excellent treats for our shut-in family and friends. I believing they all will be smiling and up and full of good health real soon.

I think we will all enjoy them and the benefits of the Goji berries. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out!

13 thoughts on “Oatmeal Goji Berry Cookies

  1. Hi NEEDLES,
    I, too, from yours and Sara’s suggestions purchased Goji berries and they are very tasty. They have a light bite but very pleasant just to eat the way they are. I plan on soaking them for a few minutes to see if they get chubby and juicy like raisins do when they have been soaked in water or juice.
    I read some other wonderful things about Goji’s. That they build up the immune system and they help strengthen legs and leg muscles. Hmmm. All this sounds wonderful. And they are tasty little thingies…..little power houses of nutrients as you wrote above.
    Thanks for the info and the recipe! May God bless you grandly for your ministering to folks that are under the weather, recovering and shut-in by illness, etc.

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe Needles and all the impressive info on the berries. Surely sounds like your cookies will give a boost to all the recipients and I want to believe with you for their smiles and good health also.
    I am looking forward to trying some berries soon and reporting back.

  3. HUM! Hope I hear about how good the cookies are. They sure sound more than good from reading this recipe. Short of butter or not! Just had a handful mixed with raisins in my cereal. They are quite lovely! Thanks for sharing this info with me and making sure I get to try for my health.

    It is so soothing and healing to have The Holy Spirit use your friends and family to give you just what you need at the exact time. Needles, your Mom and sister saved me just in time when I thought eating broccoli was the one good thing to do and found out it was not a good thing at that moment at all.

    My husband, said, ‘now that is God.’ There is a verse and a chorus we sing with it. “Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and He will teach us of His ways…”

    Somebody in China went up and found Goji berries….Thank You, God!

  4. They sure are tasty little nuggets of health and healing. Must try the cookies sometime, soon, when I get a new package of GB’s

  5. I heard that needles’ sister loved her cookies. I also heard where a young man loved his. He said if butter was missing keep it that way as they were soft and delicious.

    Needles such a kind generous act of love. When faith connects to deeds love is shown to be real. You go girl.

  6. Funny, Sara. You gave thanks for the Goji berries. I noted that the name has God’s and Jesus’ initials in it. Just an observation (GO JI ) ” I ‘ is the first letter of Jesus’ name in Latin….

  7. Yes he did. He even made a point to tell us about the plants He created for us in Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. “

  8. It is no doubt that God gave all the berries of the field. It’s all about when to eat them so you enjoy them and not dismally react to them. And, certainly not offer them to another when not in order. We all have read that story before.

  9. OH, WOW! Guess who got some cookies? YEP! IT’s me, the girl with the need.OOOOO, Needles, I called your Mom and bragged a lot. Then your sister bragged a lot! And, Mom was the girl out. She said, ‘hum, my daughter didn’t even send me one and my other daughter didn’t even give me one. They disappeared in her room so I am doing the same trick, hiding. Now, I know you said we could share but it was our choice. So we made it.

    Thanks, Needles for the cookies. They are wonderful. I think you could open a shop!

  10. “Now, I know you said we could share but it was our choice. So we made it.” Sara, did you share your cookies??? 🙂

  11. Yes, He created the Heavens and the earth and all that is therein and He said. “It is good.” That goes for Goji berries and Honey and apricot seeds and many other natural things that He has provided in His creation for the healing of the “nations” and the nurturing of His children.

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