Do you ever turn into Cookie Monster? I know I do. There are some days when chefs in the kitchen at work recognize a certain intense (or desperate) look on my face and silently point to the freshly baked tray of double chocolate chip goodness cooling on sheet pans. I think they half-expect me to break into pleading wails of, “ME WANT COOKIES!!,” but I’ve contained myself so far.
Anyway, everybody loves a good cookie now and again. The chewy texture of the dough and crunch of the chocolate chips is exactly what the soul and body calls for at times. If you’re like me, though, you may want a healthier cookie option that tastes great and gives you a couple added health benefits that Tollhouse break-and-bake lacks.
Enter my favorite “happy-medium” cookie. These are absolutely delicious, and don’t have an overt “healthy” flavor to them. There’s a nuttiness from the whole wheat flavor and oatmeal, but thanks to the essential cookie ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate!) they retain their homemade chocolate chip cookie taste.
How do I know that these are really delicious and healthy cookies? Because friends that I’ve made these for continuously ask me to make them again. Sometimes a little too frequently. And they’re foolproof, so I don’t end up with any bricks.
I think Cookie Monster would approve.
Happy-Medium Cookies (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)
Adapted from A Dash of Sass
Makes 2 dozen cookies
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter or margarine, softened to room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
1 cup white whole wheat flour (or regular 100% whole wheat flour)
½ tsp.baking soda
½ tsp.baking powder
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
¾ to 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the sugars and butter together in a medium bowl. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk, and cream for another 30 seconds until combined.
In a separate large bowl, combine the next 5 ingredients (whole wheat flour through cinnamon). Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix until just combined.
By hand, stir in the oats and chocolate until well distributed. (The recipe at A Dash of Sassincludes walnuts — feel free to add if you wish!).
On a cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment, drop teaspoons of dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 14 minutes. Cooking time may vary, but I like them right between 11 and 12 minutes, because I like softer and chewier cookies.
Remove from oven and let cool. Then enjoy on their own or with a glass of milk.