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Help me with a recipe?

Asked by Facade (22884points) May 10th, 2010

I know some of you are mavens in the kitchen, so hopefully you can help me out. I’m looking for a healthier chocolate chip cookie recipe. Currently, I bake the pre-made cookies, and they taste great, but they’re not healthy at all.

Can you suggest a recipe that creates delicious, chewy chocolate chip cookies?

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Trillian's avatar

That’s a tall order. As far as I know, you can have delicious cookies, or you can have healthy ones. I’ll be watching with interest to see if you can find one that offers both.

Facade's avatar

@Trillian By “healthy” I meant not horribly bad for you lol. I already use Smart Balance butter. Maybe I could substitute raw sugar or honey for regular sugar? Suggestions like that would be great.

Trillian's avatar

I wish I could help you sugar. I use real butter and eggs and sugars, Mexican vanilla, fresh real walnuts and Nestle Semi Sweet morsels. Then I get them the hell out of the house so I don’t eat them.

Seaofclouds's avatar

We use raw sugar all the time. It takes a little longer to mix in, but it takes just as good as the “regular sugar”. You can use applesauce to replace the eggs in the recipe (¼ cup of applesauce for each egg). I haven’t tried this yet though, so I’m not sure how that would make the cookies taste.

Facade's avatar

Thanks, you guys!

MissAusten's avatar

I’m with @Trillian on this one. I make cookies using real butter and sugar, then give some away and just don’t pig out on the rest or let the kids eat too many of them. :)

This site has tips and recipes for healthier cookies. One thing you can do is incorporate healthier additions into the cookies instead of just using chocolate chips. Oatmeal, peanut butter, and dried fruits come to mind. You can experiment with using honey as a sweetener, or adding some wheat germ to the cookie dough. I haven’t tried it with cookies, but when I make quick breads, like banana bread, I replace half the oil with unsweetened applesauce (it’s also a good substitute for oil or butter when making pancake batter). Sometimes I actually do try out healthier recipes, usually when I’m out of some key ingredient, and most of the time I’m perfectly happy with the results. This coming from the woman who made chocolate chip M&M cookies today, loaded with sugar and butter, haha!

Trillian's avatar

Everyone, if you try substituting applesauce for eggs please re-post or PM me and let me know how it turned out! This recipe that @marinelife posted looks promising. I’ll bet the oat flour is a good addition, I love oatmeal in my CC cookies!

Coloma's avatar

Substitute the regular cookie dough for an oatmeal cookie recipe and add shredded coconut and the chocolate chips…really good!

Maybe use flax seed instead of butter too..experiment, but…the oatmeal choc. chip with coconut is really delicious!

Coloma's avatar

@Trillian

Oh…ya beat me to it! lol

perspicacious's avatar

Fat is necessary for good chewy cookies. If your recipe calls for butter, use butter rather than a substitute such as margarine. It’s better for you and tastes better too. If it calls for vegetable oil, use canola or peanut oil. If it calls for shortening, well, there is no healthier option. Other than these, I wouldn’t substitute. You can make crunchy cookies using much less fat.

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