Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Naughty but nicer cookies

Happy snow day!

So, the giant Snowbomination we were to get last night? Well, we got some snow. Probably in the 10 inch range, with a few more inches falling today. And it got kinda windy, causing drifting. I don't think it's nearly the amazing storm the news channels made it out to be.

Anyway, no school today. Kids at home. Snow to play in, etc.

We played, and then came back inside and on days like this, well, I always want to bake cookies.

But if I bake cookies, I'll EAT cookies. And what's more, I'll eat several cookies worth of dough before they're even done. I can't help myself. I love cookie dough and I love cookies. That's why I never make them.

But Logan's got a cold and I thought my kiddies would like some, so I decided to make some cookies. I didn't want to make a lot (again, 'cause I'd eat them), and I don't generally keep ingredients like flour and sugar on hand because we just don't use those things around here very often. I had about a cup of flour in the cupboard, though, and the honey jar had just a little left in the bottom, so I found a recipe in my Wholesome Sugarfree Cooking cookbook and halved it, and then adapted it to what I had on hand, and wouldn't ya know, they turned out pretty darn tasty! Logan even likes them, and he's kinda picky about sweets.

So, here's my recipe, if you want to make some. They have a bit of a cakey consistency and are NOT super-sweet, but just sweet enough. They have a little butter and chocolate in them, making them kinda naughty, but they have some really healthy stuff in them, too, so I feel better about letting my kids (and yeah, myself. I have eaten several) eat them.

Naughty But Nice Cookies (small batch)

Beat together:
1/2 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup local raw honey
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt

Then beat in:
1 cup whole wheat flour

Then fold in:
2/3 cup chocolate chips (I chopped up a chocolate Santa we had from Christmas)
1/2 cup muesli (I used Bob's Red Mill brand. The original recipe called for rolled oats and nuts. I thought using the muesli instead would be good and I was right.)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Bake on greased cookie sheet (all I had was olive oil, so I just sprayed a little bit on the pan with my olive oil mister) for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

They don't spread out much, so you don't have to put them really far apart on the pan.

This made somewhere around 2 dozen small cookies. Hard to keep track when you eat dough.