Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Super Healthy Brown Sugar Cookies

I've been making quite a few cookies lately but never remember to grab my camera and take snapshots of each stage of the baking process. Well, you're in luck today because I remembered! Anyways, I found this recipe yesterday and was anxious to try it out. They are called brown sugar crackles. They have a vibrant brown sugar and vanilla flavor, with my ideal cookie texture: crunchy outer layer with a soft and chewy center. Also, these cookies are healthy with the addition of whole-wheat flour and using part butter and part oil. Each cookie has only 77 calories! What more could you ask for in a cookie? You can eat one...two...or three of these without feeling the guilt! That's my kind of cookie!

Super Healthy Brown Sugar Cookies 
compliments of Eating Well

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven at 350F
2. Combine both flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside
3. Beat sugar, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla in mixing bowl with mixer until smooth, making sure of no brown sugar lumps, one minute. Stir in dry ingredients, in three additions, into wet mixture, mixing until ingredients are just blended
4. Divide the dough in half. Roll out each half in 1/4 inch thickness and cut out 2 inch round cookies with cookie cutters. Place the cookies one inch apart. If you don't have cookie cutters or don't want to go through all that work, roll out one inch balls and flatten to it to your desired thickness
5. Bake 8-10 minutes until fluffed in middle and brown on edges. Cool for two minutes on tray and then move to cooling rack.

Enjoy with a nice cold cup of milk!

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