Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Not-So-Bad-For-You Cookies


Some cookies don't have to be ALL bad for you.  There are a few tweaks you can make to the ingredients that will make them a little more healthy and still be good! I substituted 2 ingredients, cut back on another and used whole-grain.  The tweaks are below the recipe. Voila!


1 C butter, softened
1 2/3 C sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 t salt
1 t soda
1/2 C unbleached flour
1 C whole wheat flour
3 C quick oats
1 1/2 C chopped nuts
3/4 C semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  In your mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla, mix well.  In separate bowl combine flours, soda and salt.  Add to batter mixture stirring well.  Stir in oats.  Add nuts and chocolate chips- mix.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.  Let stand a few minutes before removing from sheet to finish cooling.  

Tweak #1: use Smart Balance sticks.  Absolutely NO difference in taste.

Tweak #2:  I use brown sugar and cut back the amount from 1 2/3 to 1 1/2 C- again NO difference in taste.  

Tweak #3:  I even found generic whole grain oats!
Cookies that are still GOOD but are higher in fiber and lower in sugar and saturated fat than others.

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