Friday, February 1, 2013

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Continuing on my family's health nut periods (like most people this 2013, I've noticed), I started to crave for sweets while stuck in the house. Normally, I would bake cookies or muffins and be happy, but I want to maintain our low-cal diet. I wouldn't want to discourage the rest of the family members with their diet by baking some over-indulgent desserts. Now don't worry, this won't turn into a strictly healthy, no sugars, no carb diet blog. I'm just being inclusive for those who do want something a little less guilty.

With a little bit of searching, a little bit of tweaking, I was able to come up with mini cookies that are delicious but still within limit of a balanced snack. You get chocolate in every bite which is really my main concern and by using whole wheat flour, it hits the right spot.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 tbsp softened salted butter
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 large egg white
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 oz chocolate chips, about 1/4 cup

Start by creaming together the butter, oil and sugar. Add the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour together with the baking soda and add the salt.

Stir in the egg white to the butter mixture until mixed thoroughly and stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop half a teaspoonful of cookie dough in a non-stick baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until the sides of the cookie are brown. If you want your cookies crunchy, leave them in the oven for 2 minutes more.

As I was making the cookie dough, I was concerned at how little batter I came up with. Then again, I was making the cookies into small nibbles, with only half a teaspoonful, I was able to make 48 nibbles.  So I suggest you make 48 nibbles too. They make about the same size of the small Mrs. Field cookies you buy by 6.

These cookies are adorable, and as delicious as any regular cookie. A bonus that they have is that they only have 23 calories in each nibble. Eat 4 in a row, and it's still just under 100 calories. Pair it with skim or low-fat milk and they're an absolute delight! Perfect for my weight-watching family! So whether you're watching the calories or not, make these cookies! You can make them into big chunks and bring them to picnics, and people watch as your friends just gobble them right up. 

As ever,

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