Friday, July 5, 2013

20(ish)--- Healthy(ish) Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can only make cookies just so healthy.

Because once you reach a point on ingredient exchanges.... things just get weird.

It's like trying to eat bananas when you are really craving chocolate.

Pretty soon you just end up eating the chocolate.

So let's just agree to make a few healthful additions to increase the fiber and omega-3 content and eat the cookies.  In moderation.

Healthy(ish) Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen

1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup walnuts, finely ground
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 Tbsp flax meal
5 oz mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars with an electric mixer.  Add in vanilla and egg and combine. 

In a smaller bowl, combine walnuts, flour, baking soda and flax meal.  Add dry ingredients to wet and mix.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon ~1 1/2 Tbsp batter in round mounds onto the parchment paper-lined sheets, leaving 2" in between each mound.

Bake for 7-9 minutes, then remove from oven.  Allow to set for 2-3 minutes prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Store in an airtight container.

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