Monday, September 8, 2014
A New Cookie Recipe aka "I am a Freakin' Genius!!!"
I came across this peanut butter in the cabinet that I had bought at Trader Joe's.
So, in case you haven't noticed already, these are going to be S cookies (if you follow THM). I set aside the peanut butter and got out all the usual cookie ingredients. You know . . . butter, eggs, baking soda, vanilla extract, xylitol, Just Like Brown Sugar, etc. I softened 1/2 a stick of butter in the microwave and added 3/4 cup each xylitol and Just Like Brown Sugar and I mixed it with my hand mixer until it was light and fluffy. Then I added 2 eggs, a pinch of sea salt, 1 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp maple extract and 2 tsp vanilla extract. I blended all of that together until smooth. Then I dumped in 1 cup of my special peanut butter and thought, "Hey! Cinnamon would be good!" So I added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the batter and blended. Then I tasted it batter and it was pretty darn tasty so I dumped in my 2 1/2 cups of nut mixture that I had made and blended. It was still pretty loose so I added 1/2 cup golden flax meal and mixed. It was still not quite the right cookie dough consistency, so I added another 1/2 cup of golden flax meal. This is what it looked like. Pretty, right?
Then I decided to add some chocolate chips because second only to bacon, chocolate makes everything better! So I added 6oz of sugar free chocolate chips. Not that many . . . see? I also used my small cookie scoop to get evenly sized cookies.
I scooped them onto a parchment lined baking pan and baked in a preheated, 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. I also flattened them a little with the palm of my hand before I put them in the oven so we would not get golf ball cookies.
They only needed 10 minutes. The edges were slightly golden and the tops were set. I let them cool a couple of minutes on the pan before moving them to the counter.
They were soft and slightly gooey in the middle with a very light crisp around the edges . . . just like a good homemade cookie should be! They tasted like oatmeal cookies. They were nutty and sweet from the goji berries and coconut shreds but, they weren't chunky because I had processed everything semi-finely before hand. You can see how small the nuts and seeds were in the picture below (after I took a bite). My husband thought they were the old oatmeal cookies I used to make. I must say, they were very good and hard to tell that they weren't a sinful treat!
wait for it:
"SHUT UP!!! THESE ARE HEALTHY COOKIES???"
Long and obnoxious, I know, but . . . I thought it was a good title since they taste AMAZING and have TONS of protein, fiber, healthy fats and NO JUNK! I also thought it was better than Michael's suggestion of:
"FREAKIN' AWESOME COOKIES"
What do you think we should call them? Try them and then let me know! Here is the recipe all in one place:
1/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup xylitol
3/4 cup Just Like Brown Sugar
Mix until light and fluffy. Then add:
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
a pinch of sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure maple extract
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Blend until smooth and add:
1 cup peanut butter
Blend and add:
2 1/2 cups finely ground nut/coconut/goji mixture
1 cup golden flax seed meal
Mix well and add in (optional):
6 oz sugar free chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on a parchment lined baking pan. This recipe makes 5 dozen cookies. Enjoy!