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Baked: Greek Yogurt-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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I can seriously binge on chocolate chip cookies, so I’m often looking for slightly healthier alternatives. These Greek yogurt cookies are cake-like with a chewy edge. They taste very close to your standard chocolate chip cookies without the butter. The dough is very sticky, so be sure to set aside time for it to chill. These are incredibly satisfying for being on the healthier side, but you’ll still have trouble eating just one. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Greek Yogurt-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from a recipe at Baker by Nature
1 dozen cookies

¼ cup solid coconut oil
½ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup 2-percent or full-fat Greek yogurt
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup chocolate chips or chunks
Sea salt flakes, for sprinkling

• In a medium-sized bowl using a hand mixer, beat the coconut oil with the brown sugar and granulated sugars on high speed until combined, about 5 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract and yogurt and beat to combine.
• Use a spatula to fold in the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt until mixed, then fold in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
• Wet palms and fingertips with water, then scoop 12 even-sized dollops on the baking sheet a few inches apart. Sprinkle the sea salt flakes over the tops of the cookies.
• Bake 9 to 12 minutes, until cookies begin to brown around the edges.
• Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 

Baked: Healthier Chocolate Cookies

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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These cookies are a bit of a departure from my usual recipes. I don’t cook with artificial sugars or try to replace everything with a healthier alternative at the cost of flavor, so when I set out to make a not-as–bad-for-you cookie, I wanted something that still tasted like dessert.

The result: These cookies taste just as good as their decadent counterparts. Instead of butter or oil, I used cashew butter. The heart-healthy fats and boost in protein means it will fill you up much more than a traditional cookie.

I also replaced granulated white sugar with coconut sugar, which is sourced from coconut blossom trees but tastes nothing like coconut. This type of sugar burns quicker than regular sugar (that means a shorter baking time) and tastes slightly less sweet. And yes, there is a half-cup of chocolate chips in the recipe, but I use dark instead of milk or white chocolate for the added antioxidant benefits.

It’s hard to eat just one, but at least you can devour them with less guilt. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Healthier Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from a Chelsea’s Messy Apron recipe
12 to 15 servings

1 cup unsalted cashew butter, room temperature
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 large egg
4 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of kosher salt
½ cup dark chocolate chips

Ÿ• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• In a large bowl, stir together the cashew butter, coconut sugar and egg until combined. Stir in the cocoa powder, vanilla, baking soda and salt until combined, then add the chocolate chips and stir.
• Form 2 tablespoons dough into a ball and place 1 to 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Press the tops of each ball gently to flatten.
• Bake 6 to 8 minutes, then let cool on the cookie sheet. Cookies will become firmer as they cool.

 

Baked: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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This was my first time baking whoopie pies, but it definitely won’t be my last. I opted for a simple chocolate dough to create a pillowy, cake-like cookie that paired perfectly with peanut butter-cream cheese frosting. A note on the batter: It should be a bit stiff and not spread too much when piped. If it’s too runny, add another tablespoon or two of flour.

This cookie sandwich is pure heaven for chocolate and peanut butter enthusiasts. Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe
12 servings

3 large eggs
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup plain full-fat yogurt
1/3 cup walnut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more
½ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
Sprinkles
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
2¾ cups powdered sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. milk or cream

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.
• In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, yogurt, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt until just combined. Do not over-mix.
• Pour the batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Hold the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet and pipe 12 circles, leaving 1½-inches between each round. Repeat with the other baking sheet. Dust some of all of the tops with sprinkles, if desired.
• Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely.
• Meanwhile, make the frosting by beating together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, milk and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract on medium-high speed until fluffy and spreadable.
• Spread a layer of frosting on 12 cookies and sandwich together with the remaining 12 cookies to make whoopie pies.
• Pour a layer of sprinkles in shallow dish. Roll the edges of the whoopie pies in the sprinkles so they adhere to the frosting. Whoopie pies will keep, refrigerated or frozen, up to 1 week in an airtight container.

 

 

Extra Sauce: 7 holiday cookie recipes like Grandma made

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Whether she’s your Grandma, Nana, Nonna, Oma or Gram, she probably has a holiday cookie recipe you look forward to every December. This year, grab your apron and treat her to a one of these traditional – or not so traditional – treats. Here, 7 of our favorite holiday cookie recipes:

 

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1. These traditional Italian cookies flavored with almond and citrus are coated in snowy powdered sugar. Ricciarelli will melt away winter blues as they melts in your mouth.

2. For a cookie worth the wait, gather ingredients for Florentine Lace Cookies. Let the dough rest overnight, then drizzle this delicate almond treat with chocolate.

3. Opa! Hailing from the Greece, Kourambiedes are a decadent butter cookie that should find a place in your oven this holiday.

4. Holiday Shortbread is a beautiful canvas for seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, white chocolate and cranberries.

 

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5. Old World Springerles are an anise-flavored, pillow-shaped cookie that, after baking in a special mold, is almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

6. Bigger is better this holiday with these Cranberry Crunch Cookies that can be make regular sized (yawn) or super-sized for extra fun.

7. Black-White Christmas Cookies cover a simply spiced soft cookie with both chocolate and vanilla frosting – perfect for the indecisive sweet tooth.

 

-photos by Carmen Troesser

Wheatless Wednesday: Healthy Chinese Almond Cookies

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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The holiday season is a dangerous time for me. When confronted with a tray of sweets, I’ve been known to channel Cookie Monster (“C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me!”). Those overly processed, sugary treats are addictive, and I quickly learned that I would need a healthier alternative to stave off the cookie massacre.

Everyone can use a recipe for those times we crave a treat without spiking our blood sugar levels. I find when I bake with higher protein flours, less sugar and minimally processed ingredients, I am more satisfied with just a couple cookies rather than the whole tray. These almond flour cookies are a healthy, simplified version of the traditional Chinese dessert, sweetened with just enough honey and almond extract to make the taste buds tingle. This dough is easy to work with and doesn’t contain raw eggs, so lick the that spoon guilt-free. For holiday flair, replace the vanilla and almond extracts with peppermint extract and swap whole almonds with crushed peppermint candies.

 

Healthy Chinese Almond Cookies
Makes 18 to 20

¼ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1⅓ cups (135 g.) almond flour*
2 Tbsp. (15 g.) coconut flour
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking soda
18 to 20 whole raw almonds

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and almond extract until well combined. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda and stir until a firm dough comes together. It should be able to roll into a ball. If not, refrigerate up to 30 minutes.
• Roll the dough into 18 to 20 1-inch balls and place them on a baking sheet 1 inch apart. Press 1 almond into the center of each cookie. Bake 10 minutes, until edges start to lightly brown. Let the cookies cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*I advise weighing any nut flours to prevent inaccurate measurements.

 

Baked: Shortbread Cookies with Blueberry Jam

Monday, September 26th, 2011

092611_plumkuchenAmid baking macarons, fancy French pastries and European cake classes at Kitchen Conservatory, sometimes I long for a classic cookie. And, to me, shortbread is just that. These remind me of the butter cookies I used to eat from a cold tin back in India, but with slightly less butter.

I started with a recipe for a tart crust, then cut the amount of butter and added some extracts. I also melted the butter to liquid and used my hands to work it into the flour. (When I first started baking, I often melted butter to save time. It was only later that I learned how important it is to cream it at room temperature. However, that rule doesn’t apply to cookies; melted butter makes them so much easier and quicker to deal with.)

In the end, the tart was amazing, but the crust was the star of the show. I had some left over so I made cookie cutouts and smeared some jam on them. What resulted were heavenly sandwich cookies that I’ve made countless times since.

This shortbread recipe is extremely versatile and simple. I’ve made Linzer cookies, chocolate sandwich cookies and various tarts with it as the base. And despite cutting the butter content, the cookie is still delightfully buttery and breaks away easily with a soft crunch.

When it comes to eating them, I can assure you that one won’t be enough.

Shortbread Cookies with Blueberry Jam
Courtesy of Amrita Rawat

12 cookies or 1 9-inch tart

¾ cup butter (1 cup for extra buttery flavor)
2 egg yolks
½ tsp. vanilla extract (or extract of your choice)
½ cup powdered sugar
2 flat cups all-purpose flour

• Melt the butter in a microwave until it reaches a liquid consistency and let cool until it’s warm to the touch.
• Put the egg yolks, extract and sugar in a bowl, then add the melted butter. Combine with your hands or an electric mixer.
• Add the flour and blend until it forms a homogenous paste. Roll the dough out into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before shaping.
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
• Roll out the dough and make cut outs with a cookie cutter.
• Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden on the edges. Smear blueberry jam on top and, if you like, top with another shortbread cookie.

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