Friday, February 12, 2010

Niece Denise's Cookies (Treats For Co-Irkers)

This is somewhat of a guest post in that I'm merely forwarding on to you an email and a recipe from my niece Denise, who I actually call Niece Denise (it's a rhyme thing, I think.) She isn't aware that she's guest-posting today or at least not until she reads my blog, but I'm sure she'll have no problem accepting all your accolades for this great cookie recipe! Thanks Niece Denise! And Happy Valentine's Day to you all.... hugs and smooches!

(from Denise's email to me)

Hey you!

I made the cranberry couscous last night, and LOVED it just as much as I expected. The family liked it a lot too. (except Audrey, but she ate a bunch of roasted brussel sprouts so I thought you'd be proud of your little great-niece). And we continue to enjoy the Coach's Oats muffin recipe and yesterday I made the spelt muffins which were really good too.

So I thought I'd give back to my newest source of yummy, healthy recipes (that'd be you!)

Here's a really tasty and good-for-you cookie recipe that my mom found in Cooking Light, and I modified somewhat.

Whole Grain Lower-Fat Cranberry Oatmeal Chocoloate Chip Cookies

2/3 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c oat flour
3/4 c Coach's Oats (you could probably use rolled oats here)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 T butter
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1 c dried Cranberries
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 oz mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350*.

Whisk flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) together in a large bowl.

Melt butter (I used a glass measuring cup in the microwave) then add brown sugar and stir until smooth.

Add sugar mixture to flour mixture, and beat with mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Add cranberries, vanilla, and egg. Beat until combined and fold in chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls (I use the little ice cream scooper) onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool 3 minutes on sheet before removing.

Makes 3 dozen.


Shenandoah bed and breakfast said...

Excellent chocolate chip cookies! Looking over the ingredients list and the measurements of each, I recognized this as your fairly standard, classic chocolate chip cookie recipe--and I expected fairly standard results.

Best Regards,

Co Irker said...

Your first guest post, how exciting!

And you started it off right.
These were the perfect compliment of salty and sweet. I love when a cookie has a salty kick.

And they were heathly(right?) which means I ate two. Thus negating the lower fat.

Thank you so much our ornery original.


Pam said...

Sounds good! I love a good healthy cookie.

Karen said...

I really like to add the dried cranberries to cookies. Beautiful pics!

HoneyB said...

Sounds yummy and such a pretty picture!

stephchows said...

lol love the surprise guest post :)

Maria said...

Perfect cookie for Vday!

Debbie said...

Not much can top a good cookie. These look terrific!!!

Jane said...

Very interesting recipe, Mags! I love so many of Cooking Light's stuff. They have a really good handle on how to tone down the fat and sugar in baked goods without completely destroying the appeal of whatever the item is. These look extremely good and I would like to have one along with my lonesome cup of decaf right this minute!

George Gaston said...

Mags, this is a terrific sounding cookie. I am definitely filing it in my "cookie attack must make" folder.

I hope that "niece Denise" is featured again @ The Other Side of Fifty.... she seems to have a great taste to what is good & delicious!

Many thanks...

Lea said...

Wowser - could I have at least 4 please with a big glass of milk for my mid-afternoon snack right now?????

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I love the hat box! Check my blog for a 'gift'!

Federica said...

perfetti e deliziosi!! brava!

Coach's Oats said...

Those look great! Thanks for being a family of fans :)

Deeba PAB said...

Your niece Denise is very smart Mag. I'd love to try these healthy chco chip cookies soon. How sweet that you made & posted them for her! Love your pictures

June said...

Yum - I love cranberries with my chocolate chips. Delicious out of a bowl or in a cookie!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum... Love these cookies... I love oatmeal cookies, because they always seem "healthy". I'm all about healthy cookies. :)

msmeanie said...

YUM! Those cookies look amazing. I absolutely LOVE oatmeal cookies, and this lower fat version looks awesome.Thanks so much for this recipe!

Niece Denise said...

aw, shucks. I'm a bit embarassed. But glad to see such nice comments.

p.s. how did Co Irker know that I'm ornery???

Mags said...

Niece Denise: You're my niece... how could you NOT be ornery?

Thanks for a great recipe. Everyone loved them!

Culinspiration said...

Am I the only one dying to see that cranberry cous cous recipe? Where is it?

Love the blog...came back for more and linked to you.