October 24, 2011

Healthier Oat and Date Cokies

These cookies came into existence because I was thinking about how to make cookies healthier.  I love butter as much as the next person, but unfortunately, my love of cookies means I probably eat way too much butter.  Not a problem except for the whole weight-gain factor.  (That's probably not just the butter though, I'm sure sugar is a culprit as well).  So here is what I came up with: Healthier Oat and Date Cookies.  Am I kidding myself by classing these as "roughage"?

If you don't like dates, try replacing them with some other type of dried fruit.  Apricots, maybe?


Ingredients
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup coconut
1 cup Self Raising flour
1/3 cup maple syrup (you could use brown sugar instead, I just used maple syrup for another depth of flavour)

1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup apples sauce
3/4 cup chopped dates






 

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C, line 2 trays with baking paper.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl (except dates)
  3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  4. Mix in dates.
  5. Roll into balls and place on trays. Flatten each cookie with a fork.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 min, cool on trays.

October 4, 2011

Chai Choc Chip Cheesecake Cookies

I've been on a bit of a chai kick of late.  So I thought I would combine chai with some other of my favourite things: cheesecake, choc chips and cookies.  Thus, these cookies were born!  They are delicious right from the oven, but I actually think these cookies are better after a couple of days.
 




Chai Choc Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients

250g butter
250g cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
2 pinches nutmeg
2 cups chocolate chips

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together.
  3. Add eggs, cream cheese, and vanilla extract and beat until well-incorporated.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour with baking powder and salt. 
  5. Mix spices into the flour mixture.
  6. Mix flour mixture into wet mixture.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips.
  8. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking trays, flatten each cookie. 
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden.  They may not look cooked, but they are.  Cool on trays.