I didn’t run out to get ingredients for these (read: right foot still swollen). I tried to find a recipe to make with what I had and also fitting into my husband’s requests for the day.
Why do I call these moderately healthy? Read my post here about levels of health in baking. This recipe uses butter and sugar, so it’s not healthy by my standards but for a fun treat, it uses WW flour and you can use all unprocessed ingredients to make it a better choice than Oreos, for example! But be careful if you’re watching your wasteline!
Check out the recipe…
If you haven’t checked out 101 cookbooks yet, you should! Heidi is amazing. She had the idea in 2003 to start blogging the thousands of recipes she already had in her cookbooks! She is a photographer, which makes her blog amazing! She gives tips and tricks on photography, cooking and baking on her blog. She uses natural and whole foods in her ingredients! She is a great resource for recipes! These cookies are teeny so I included a quarter to show you the size.
5 ounces good-quality semi-sweet chocolate bar (70% cocoa or more)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used WW flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup walnuts, very, very finely chopped (by hand)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
scant 1 cup natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
scant 1 tablespoon molasses
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (I didn’t this part of the recipe was necessary. I actually liked them better without this! So, try it both ways and decide!)
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees, racks in top and bottom third. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
Finely chop the chocolate bar into 1/8-inch pieces, more like shavings really. Try to avoid big lumps and chunks, which make flattening out the cookie dough later more difficult.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, walnuts, and shaved chocolate. Set aside.
Using a mixer (or by hand) beat the butter until fluffy. Beat in the sugar and mix until it is also light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Beat in the molasses, then the egg, mixing until both are well incorporated, scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mix and stir by hand until the ingredients barely come together into a uniform dough.
101 cookbooks likes these cookies even smaller (I think) than I made them. These were 2-3 bite cookies for me. Hers were about 1/2 teaspoon each! I used 1/2 Tablespoon each! Roll each into a ball shape. Use two fingers to flatten each dough ball into a thin, round patty with two fingers. (Optional: sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of large-grain sugar….I didn’t like this part of the recipe).
Bake for 7 minutes or until cookies are golden and fragrant. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack.
Makes about 12 dozen tiny, bite-sized cookies.
source: 101 cookbooks