Calling All Cookies

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:

Eating Well

Belly Bytes

All Homemade Cookies

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. :)



0 thoughts on “Calling All Cookies

  1. I'm totally with you on the cookies. A client brought a HUGE basket of homemade goodies yesterday and I was in a lovely sugar glow all afternoon. "Life after cookies" isn't so pleasant, though! 😉

    My FAVOURITE peanut butter cookie is this one: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/peanut-butter-cookies-recipe.html It's pretty darn healthy and I've made them for tons of people and everyone always asks for the recipe. Seriously. Try it!!

    Thanks for the websites- I'll have fun looking at those :) I too like baking cookies but HEALTHIER ones. I find, however, that usually it's easier to substitute ingredients for other baked goods (loaves and cakes and that sort of thing) without noticing that it's "healthified"… it's harder to do it with cookies and keep the same textures/flavours. Good luck! I can't wait to hear what recipes you end up using in the cookie baking extravaganza.

  2. I love cookies too. I can pass up a lot of other sweets, but cookies get me every time. Thanks for those great websites. It is hard to find healthier cookies that actually taste good.

    Sometimes I'd rather have one really good cookie than two not so good ones! You know what I mean?

  3. OK, Cammy, I did not know we had this in common! I am so the cookie gal! I seek them out every weekend for my treat.. big ole ones.. obviously not healthy ones cause they are my treat!

    If you are interested in a "unhealthy" ginger molasses one, a friend sent me her recipe. I have not made them yet cause I have to go out & buy all the ingredients! I don't keep that stuff in the house but I oh so love ginger molasses cookies!

    Not sure if you have a Trader Joes near you but ours here sells this great oatmeal/cranberry cookie under their name (used to be Zen Bakery but now it is branded with TJ's name).. well, it is a 6 pack & they are decent size for 200 calories & I think 3 grams of fat per cookie. They are so good & healthy ingredients!

  4. Yummy cookies! I decided last night I was baking cookies too. I am going to rely on the old faithful recipes though and give them away as gifts. I'm hoping I won't be too tempted…I have been doing good with cooking and not testing every little thing ending up eating a full meal before the meal. I love to cook. Soup has been my latest favorite because it doesn't have very many calories in a serving.
    Thank you for the support!

  5. Warm oatmeal raisin cookies are my all-time favorite!! YUM!!!!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the nice comments!! Much appreciated :)

  6. Let us know about the healthier versions.

    I have to admit that when it comes to cookies, I go traditional. I'm proud of myself for being able to restrain the urge to "go whole hog" (pun intended 😉 and eat all of them!

    I like to bake for friends so I keep a few for us then make up pretty packages to give away.

    One of my favourites are Peppermint Meltaways and if you can come up with a recipe that doesn't have butter for these treats and STILL melts I want it!

    Nice to come back and read your posts again :)

  7. how hard do I laugh for some reason that they used the word BIBLE in the title :)

    Im a rebellious Jew and it made me giggle.
    and Im no recipe help only here to steal other peoples' ideas.

    thanks! :)

  8. The Cooking Light website recently (and probably still) featured healthier cookie recipes, several of which looked pretty tasty to me! I too am a cookie fiend and I'm a little bit happy that holiday baking has forced me to try all these new cookie recipes in the hopes that I can find some yummy healthy ones. :-)