July 21, 2008

Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies

Friday night, My Husband had poker night so once my little men were in bed I decided I wanted to bake cookies. Since it was evening and the temperatures outside were going lower, I didn't feel like that was a completely bad idea. Now, if it had been a few hours earlier I think a smoothie would have been in order instead.

I have no idea where this cookbook came from, but on my bookshelf I found the Nestle Best Loved Cookies cookbook. As I paged through I saw quite a few possibilities but just couldn't settle on one that fit my mood. Once I got to the "lighter delights" chapter I knew I found the right place for me! Those of you who have been visiting regularly may have noticed a trend lately - I've been REALLY, REALLY, REALLY trying to make more healthy and low-calorie recipes. Of course, I can't do that all the time because I don't believe in deprivation - I love food way too much for that. But, when I found this cookie cookbook had a lighter version of several of the recipes I was definitely interested to see if they would satisfy my never ending sweet tooth.

I decided to make the Good-for-You-Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies. I don't know why, but I have been wanting to find a really yummy oatmeal based cookie. I could make the one on the container of oatmeal, which is good, but I didn't want raisins and finding something that is lower in calories means I might be able to indulge in 2 cookies instead of just one. I also left out the nuts in the recipe, which means the calories are even lower than stated in the recipe. Of course with only 120 calories and 5 grams of fat per cookie, you can indulge even if you do add the nuts.

This recipe also gave me the chance to use another Penzey's spice that I had purchased, Chinese Cassia Cinnamin. Just opening the jar puts this incredible sweet and pungent scent in the air. The cinnamin in the recipe is not the star, but I must tell you that if you have a really good cinnamin it is worth using in this recipe. The extra punch of flavor added to the cookie is key to the overall taste. These lightened cookies are so delicious! I baked them so that they would stay soft and chewy rather than crispy. The texture with the oatmeal and chocolate chips is just like a perfect oatmeal cookie.

Good-for-You-Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies
Source: Nestle Best Loved Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Beat together brown sugar, granulated sugar, margarine and applesauce in a large mixer bowl. Beat in egg whites and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the oats, chocolate and nuts. Drop by tablespoonful onto greased baking sheets.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 9-10 minutes if you want a chewy cookie - 12-13 minutes for crispy cookies. Let stand on the cookie sheet after baking for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to completely cool.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Here are some more healthy treats to try:
Low-Fat Mini Cheesecake Tarts @ Stephanie's Kitchen
Double Chocolate Cookies @ Enlightened Cooking
Smoothies and Popsicles @ Prudence Pennywise


That Girl said...

We're totally on the same wavelength. I just made peanut butter oatmeal cookie-bars for breakfast for this week, something semi-healthy and high in protein!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look really good!

Patsyk said...

That girl - Yep, we do tend to choose similar types of recipes! :) Give this one a try, it will definitely satisfy the sweet tooth!

Kevin - thanks!

Prudy said...

I know I'd love these because I love oats in all of my baked goods. I've never used apple sauce in cookies before. I've used it plenty in other baked goods, but I'm so glad that you tried it and that it turned out. Now I'll try it with confidence. It's tricky eating healthy and blogging, isn't it. It shouldn't be, but the amount of food that passes through the home can be overwhelming. Thanks for linking to my smoothie post, too:)

Patsyk said...

Prudy - I think the applesauce keeps these cookies moist- which makes them addictive even though they are low cal!

Your welcome... your smoothie post sounded so good!

Jenny said...

There is just something about a good oatmeal cookie. They look perfect and healthy!

Jaime said...

these look delicious. if you are looking for other oatmeal based cookies and like white chocolate, you have to try the cranberry white choco chip oatmeal cookies in my blog :)

Steph said...

Yum, I love oatmeal cookies! These look super tasty! Thanks for linking my tarts! My problem is that knowing it is lower in fat and calories, I tend to eat more...Silly me...

swirlingnotions said...

These look fantastic! They remind me of oatmeal-flax cookies with chocolate chips that I developed a while ago for Spectrum Organic. It's since become a favorite repeater, only I can't make them very often because when I do I convince myself that they're so "healthy" it's OK if I eat 5 . . . or 6 or 7 of them. I have no will power with these things . . .

Lore said...

I know I'd love these! Yes, oatmeal cookies can and will become addictive :)

Patsyk said...

Jenny - they are delicious and hard to resist!

Jaime - your cookies sounds like something I'd love! I'll have to stop by and check them out on your blog.

Steph - I know what you mean... its so easy to say they are healthy so you can have an extra one or two or three!

Lia (swirling notions) - I've never used flax... but, I am curious if it would add another flavor to the cookie - I know it would add more nutrition.

lore - you are SO right!

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