Friday, August 17, 2012

Yummy "Healthy" Chocolate Chip Cookies

          Okay, technically cookies aren't healthy, but I always say everything in moderation.  Now if there is a way to incorporate a healthier ingredient into a snack food, not only will it make you happy because you're sneaking some nutrition in a snack, it will make everyone else happy because it is a snack.
          I have become a huge user of flax seed.  After reading about the health benefits of flax seed which you can read here, I started incorporating into my breads, oatmeal, and cookies.  It's a great way for everyone to get extra Omega- 3 in their diet without them knowing it, or having the food taste any different.
          I found a great recipe for whole wheat chocolate chip cookies at Ellie's Whole Grains .  Not only does this recipe have flax in it, but you use whole wheat flour in the recipe.
         When they are cooked, they get that crispy outside and soft inside.  These are the best chocolate chip cookies I have made and it has become my only chocolate chip recipe.

  1. 1 stick of room temp. butter (8Tbl)
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cups brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 and 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  7. 1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 2 cups chocolate chips
First preheat your oven to 325F.
Then combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl.  (Ingredients 6- 10)
 With your mixer combine the butter and sugar. 
Then add the eggs and vanilla.

Slowly add the dry ingredients so that the flour doesn't fly all over the place.

After the dry ingredients are combined well with the wet ingredients, add your chocolate chips.
This is what was going on in the background today.

Place parchment paper on your cookie sheets.  Then place rounded tablespoon- fulls, or smaller, depending on how large you want your cookies, at about 2 inches apart.
Then place them in the oven for 14- 16 minutes, depending on your oven.
Take them out of the oven when the sides turn golden brown.  They will still be soft on the top when you get them out of the oven, but will harden up once they are out.  After about 5 minutes, place the cookies on a cooling rack.

Serve with a cold glass of milk!

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