“C” is for Cookie

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C is for cookie, TiltMN

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a cookie problem. And I have no shame in sharing that. I have always had an obsession with cookies, and no matter how full I am after eating, you know, real food, I always have just enough room left for a cookie. Or two. Or three…

Whatever. Who’s counting?

While I completely support the idea of moderation and living a healthy lifestyle, cookies to me are the exception. However, I do choose some “better-for-you” options (I’m trying, okay?).

I may not be one to share these tasty cookies once they’re made, but I do share recipes. I’ve included a “healthier” cookie recipe that has taken me some time to perfect and I’m happy to share it here with you.

A “healthier” chocolate chip cookie

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. of vegan butter, softened (I use Earth Balance. Coconut oil works well too, and, if not vegan, regular butter is obviously your best bet)
  • Optional: a tablespoon of peanut butter (because why not?)
  • ½ c. of stevia
  • ½ c. of brown sugar
  • ¼ c. of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • an abundance of chocolate chips (1½ cups, at least)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the softened butter, peanut butter, Stevia, and brown sugar. Mix together.
  4. Add in the vanilla almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Add in the remaining ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until dough forms and all ingredients are combined.
  6. Mix in the chocolate chips, however much you choose.
  7. My favorite part: Taste-test the cookie dough, because life is short and you deserve it.
  8. Roll cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls, allowing space between each cookie for spreading.
  9. Place in oven, on the middle rack, bake for 9-12 minutes.
  10. Let cool, or don’t.

…And there you have it.

Finish 2017 full and satisfied before getting a jumpstart on your resolutions.

Happy baking.