Kevin and I tend to eat poorly when we're together. We like to cook, and we like to bake...and we really like to eat. This means we'll get the urge for a cookie or two after dinner, make an entire batch, and then finish the cookies before breakfast the next day.
I know, it's not a great idea. But we have no impulse control. And since we're both trying to lose weight and go to the gym and be healthy adults, when my sweet tooth kicked in last weekend I decided to make a healthier cookie.
You will need:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 3 1/3 ounces)
- 1 cup regular oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped dried strawberries
- 1/3 cup premium white chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli)
- Cooking spray
Note: You can get dried strawberries at awesome supermarkets like Wegmans, or in the bulk section of a natural foods store. If you can't find them, feel free to substitute dried cherries or cranberries or craisons.
If you've never had dried strawberries before, you should try them. They taste like fruit roll-ups! They are tougher, though, and difficult to chop. So be careful not to cut a finger off.
Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir.
In another bowl combine butter and sugar, stir (or mix) until combined. Add vanilla and eggs and beat well. Gradually add flour, beating well after each addition, and then toss in the chocolate chips and chopped strawberries. Stir them in, being careful not to smoosh them.
Drop onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, about 2 inches apart. I used a leveled tablespoon to measure out the cookies, so that they would all be roughly the same size, but if you're not OCD just ball them up and plop em down.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute on baking sheet, then carefully move them to wire racks to cool completely.
I don't know if that makes sense, but when you bite into one of the strawberries you taste this sugary, colorful, fruity, yummy, chewy, melty goodness, and it just kind of explodes in your mouth. Your tongue is all "OMG" and your hips are like "Thanks for giving me low cal cookies!"
And you're all, "No problem hips. But are they still low call if I eat twelve of them?"
And your hips, your butt, your belly, and your thighs are like, "Hey, we won't tell if you wont."
So if anyone asks, I did not eat a dozen of these cookies.