Friday, January 25, 2013

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am always looking for snack ideas for my 17 month old daughter Layla. As I was walking though the grocery store, I noticed all the cookies/snacks had a lot of artificial ingredients and were full of sugar and preservatives. I want Layla to be able to have a healthy treat now and then, so I decided to forgo the store bought snacks and make some of my own.

I looked through my bazillion cookbooks and found a healthier version of chocolate chip cookies in Ellie Kreiger's cookbook Comfort Food Fix. Cookies in general, are not the healthiest snack but I wanted something special for her today. These cookies are made with whole wheat flour and 1/4 of the butter you would find in a regular batch of cookies. She enjoyed them VERY much, as you can see in the pictures below. I think this is a great recipe for baking cookies on a weekday for no occasion at all. Obviously this recipe isn't only for children, my 22 year old sister enjoyed them very much and I am sure once my husband comes home from work he will too!

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 20 cookies

3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

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

2. In a large bowl, mash together the butter and sugars with a fork until combined. Add in the oil and egg and mix well. Stir in Vanilla.

3. Combine flours, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix well. Gently fold in chocolate.

4. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepares baking sheets, leaving 1 1/2" to 2" space in between (they will spread) Bake until golden brown; about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack. They will crisp as they cool. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 4 days.

*1 cookie has 110 calories and 5 grams of fat

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