It’s no secret that I love cookies. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal–I’ve honestly never met a cookie I didn’t like. If I could, I would have cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…and for between-meal snacks as well. Sure, I would probably experience a few wee health problems, and it’s possible I might have to buy all new clothes, but I’d be walking around in a sugar-filled daze and probably wouldn’t notice. If I could walk at all, that is.
Oh wait. I already did that. Or a lesser variation of it, anyway, and it wasn’t quite the blissful life one would imagine. It’s a sad fact of lie that eating cookies is fun, but life after eating too many cookies is not. ::despondency::
During the holiday season, especially, I seek out the middle ground and enjoy a few cookies while keeping an eye on the health effects of their consumption. To date, I’ve avoided buying packages of cookies, relying instead on the office potlucks or single-cookie bakery purchases. I certainly haven’t tried baking them.
But that’s about to change. This year, I am actually going to bake some Christmas cookies. (Yes, me.) I have decided that the combination of being in charge of the ingredients AND giving away the majority of the output will keep this from being a complete disaster, nutrition-wise. Given my lack of culinary skills, results may be thrown away rather than given away. As long as I don’t eat all of them, I don’t care.
To assist me, I bought a good cookie book yesterday, The Cookie and Biscuit Bible (on the clearance rack at Borders for $4.99.) One of the things I like about it is the explanatory chapter on the different types of flours, sugars, and chocolate. Knowing the purpose of ingredients will help me make substitutions, if I choose. I also like that the recipes make a small number of cookies and that most call for whole ingredients only. (Ironically, processed foods don’t occur in any quantity until the chapter on “healthy cookies.”)
I’ve also been seeking out healthier recipes online. So far I’ve found a few promising sites:
There’s also Hungry Girl, which has some interesting ideas, but relies a little too much on processed ingredients for my purposes. Still, it’s a better option than some.
I would *l*o*v*e* to know your favorite healthier cookie recipes or your favorite healthy recipe websites or books. Or all of the above. Please share!
If this works out nicely, and I think it will, I’ll probably continue trying new recipes next year. Maybe, a different cookie each month. As long as I can freeze them in individual servings and give away the excess, I should be okay.
And if it doesn’t work out so well, I can still buy the single-serve at the bakery.