Saturday, February 20, 2010

The 96 Calorie Cookies

These cookies were an office favorite at Dell. You can justify anything at 96 calories. I took a recipe from Cooking Light and modified it a bit to include whole wheat flour, which I think really sets off the pecan taste. Even if you aren't a huge pecan fan - try it in this recipe. It's really great.

The 96 Calorie Cookie
1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (if you don't have this - you can use all-purpose for all flour)
1 cup regular oats
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate minichips

Like with any great cookie recipe - you'll need two mixing bowls - medium size or larger.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk and set aside. In the second bowl, cream together the sugar and butter before mixing in the vanilla and egg until well blended. Next, take the flour mixture and add by 1/3rds into the wet mixture until completely absorbed. Don't overstir or your cookies will be rocks. :) Next, add in the pecans and mini chips.

Here's where my technique differs a bit. I refrigerate my cookie dough for 15-20 minutes before scooping out onto the cookie sheets and I use parchment paper instead of a greased cookie sheet for easier cleanup and less burnt edges. Whatever your technique - put tablespoonfulls of cookie dough and bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until they're a bit browned.

Enjoy 5 - I think it's still less calories than 1 normal cookie. Just sayin'.

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