Friday, February 26, 2010

Sneaky Chocolate Chip Cookies

This sneaky recipe came straight out of The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. I take absolutely no credit for this one! These sneaky cookies take two of Lapine's make-ahead concoctions: Flour Blend and White Bean Puree.

Flour Blend: Combine equal parts all purpose flour, wheat flour, and wheat germ.

White Bean Puree: Puree one 15 oz can of white beans (I used Great Northerns) in a food processor until smooth, but not wet. You're looking for a puree the consistency of peanut butter.

Unbelievable Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup Flour Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup rolled aots, finely ground in a food processor
  • 2 tablespoons blanch, slivered almonds, finely ground in a food processor
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup White Bean Puree
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Remove butter from refrigerator to let soften.

In a large bowl, whisk together Flour Blend, baking soda, salt, ground oats, and ground almonds.  Set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until creamy.  Add egg, vanilla, and White Bean Puree.  Add dry ingredients slowly.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Make two-bite cookies by dropping rounded half-teaspoons onto baking sheets.

Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.

THE VERDICT: I'm not going to lie to you and say these cookies tasted just as good as the ones you get from the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips bag becuase they don't. Let's face it, there's half as much butter, way less sugar, and not nearly as many chocolate chips. That being said, they were actually pretty good! A little more on the dry side than your typical chocolate chip cookie, but I paired them with a glass of milk and I gladly ate more than one! Isaiah enjoyed his cookie and Evan didn't balk too badly at it. My parents came to visit and I managed to keep a straight face when both of them ate one! Not something to bring to the cookie exchange, but it's a good option for having a sweet treat around the house that has some healthy stuff snuck in. I'll make these again!

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