The Better For You Cookie

The Better For You Cookie (4)

     We’re trying to eat healthier, but missing all my delicious baked goods.  It was time to create a Healthier, yet still delicious cookie.  By partially substituting some of the Butter and Oil for Applesauce significantly reduces the Fat.  Most cookie recipes call for white AP flour.  I used half Whole Wheat and half Bread Flour (Whole Wheat is just better for you and Bread flour has more protein).  Instead of white sugar, I used Brown sugar, which gave the cookies a delicious flavor, chewy texture, and a great rise.  They are baked in a lower temperature oven to prevent spreading and dough is chilled in the refrigerator between batches.  The cooler dough also prevents spreading.  I snuck a few Tablespoons of Wheat Germ in the batter, and trust me, nobody will ever know it’s there. I made them with Walnuts, Almonds and Dates.  I topped some of them with a whole Almond.  No chips, but feel free to add a few if you want.  The pièce de résistance – Cinnamon.  (I know, big surprise there.  I love it).

INGREDIENTS:    YIELDS 28-30 COOKIES

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

3 TBSP Canola oil

3 TBSP butter, room temp

2 TBSP honey

1 ½ tsp Vanilla extract

6 TBSP apple sauce (1 ¼ ounce mini cup)

1 large egg

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 TBSP Wheat Germ

1 cup + 1 TBSP whole wheat flour

1 cup Bread flour

½ cup in any combination of Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Dates, Raisins

PREPARATION:

In mixer bowl, combine Brown Sugar, Canola oil, and butter.  Mix well.

Add Honey, Vanilla, Apple Sauce and Egg.  Mix well.

Add Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, and Wheat Germ.  Mix well.

Preheat oven to 325° F now.

Add both flours and mix ONLY until incorporated.

Stir in the good stuff.  Mix and match!  I made them with only Dates and Walnuts.  Use a large cookie scoop for the prettiest round cookies.  Bake on Stoneware, Parchment or Silicone lined sheet.

Bake at 325° F for about 18 minutes.

NOTE:  I always have Wheat Germ and Flax because I’m forever sneaking them into recipes.  If you don’t have any Wheat Germ, try a few TBSP of oatmeal instead. (Uncooked, of course).

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