Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Carrot Chocolate Chip Cookies

Actually, I’m not really sure what to call them. Technically I guess they’re Carrot Oat Apple Chocolate Chip. But that is a little long. A friend shared this recipe with me today and I decided to try it, with some alterations.

Original recipe:

¾ cup whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon coarse salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
6 tablespoons superfine sugar
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon water
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup grated carrot, from about 1 large carrot
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine with a whisk.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the egg, vanilla and water. Beat on low speed until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to combine. Add the oats, carrot, and chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until combined.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour. 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a tablespoon measure, scoop rounded spoonful's of the dough and roll between your palms to make a round ball. Press lightly to create a flat top.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on a cooling rack.

Nutrition info per cookie: Calories 201, Fat 10.4 gram,  Carb 29.5 gram, Protein 1.9

Following is my version.

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These two little munchkins thought they  looked good.

Combine: 1/3 c wheat germ, 1/2 c. white flour, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 3/4 salt. Set aside

Cut up one small apple (skin on) and put in food processor or blender with 2 Tbsp. plain yogurt. Puree. Measure out 1/2 cup (This is replacing the butter).

Combine apple puree, 1/4 c brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. honey in mixer and mix well. Stir in egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.

Add dry ingredients. Stir in oats, carrots, and 1/2 c. choc chips.

I didn’t refrigerate and made them right into cookies. It made 16 nice size cookies. Baked at 350 for 12-14 min. Remove to wire racks to cool

Nutrition info per cookie: Calories 100, Fat 2.9 gram, Carb 19.9 gram, Protein 2.5

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They’re no toll house cookies, but I thought they were quite tasty if you don’t mind texture. I had 3, if that tells you anything.

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And I think these guys agree! For those of you worried about their tootsies being cold it was quite warm and shoes were put on before they got down.

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