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Use Your Discard in Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I didn't think I'd really like these cookies--I made them more for my husband--but then I found them addictive. The cookies are soft, have a slight sourdough tang, and are studded with juicy raisins. They are sweet but not cloyingly so. The cookies are just right for a snack or simple dessert, and they are also great alongside fruit or ice cream. I bake the cookies in the air fryer as well as the oven, and I actually prefer them made in the air fryer. The cookies brown better in the air fryer. I also can make a small number of cookies in the air fryer and stash the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator for another day. The ability to make a small number of cookies limits my temptation. The cookies really are good! Try them with a cup of tea or a glass of milk! Enjoy!

Use Your Discard in Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Use Your Discard in Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies -- Makes 12-15


1 cup of sourdough starter/discard

1/3 cup of canola oil

1 large egg

1/2 cup of dark brown sugar

1/4 cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of melted butter, cooled a little

1/2 cup of white whole-wheat flour (or regular whole wheat)

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 cup of quick oats

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon of grated orange zest (optional, but good)

1/2 cup of raisins


In a large bowl, beat together well the starter/discard, oil, egg, sugars, and butter. Stir in the white whole-wheat flour, the baking soda, baking powder, oats, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and orange zest until combined. Stir in the raisins. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or cut small pieces of parchment to fit your air fryer basket. Drop 1 1/2 tablespoon portions of dough onto the parchment paper, spacing the dough about 1 1/2 - 2 inches apart. Preheat the conventional oven to 350 degrees and then bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until golden. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing them. For the air fryer, put a dough-topped piece of parchment into your air fryer basket, put the basket in the air fryer, and air fry the cookies at 320 degrees for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookies from the air fryer basket to cool and repeat the cooking process with the remaining dough.


Use Your Discard in Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Use Your Discard in Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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