So, a quick confession: I cannot (absolutely CANNOT!) turn down a cookie. They are my biggest weakness. And they have 2 dozen fresh cookies sent up to our resident’s lounge every single day, in 6 varieties! What’s a girl to do?? I can’t eat them everyday- this leads down a road I’m not really wanting to go down right now. But at 3:00 PM every day, I get a sweet tooth. And they’re totally not even that good!! They’re no homemade cookies! So, I made some cookies that follow all the rules, and that’s what I’m packing this week for those cravings. These recipes look more complicated that they are- don’t let the lengthy ingredient list intimidate you!!
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 Tbsp. butter
1/3 c. yogurt
1.2 c. applesauce (unsweetened)
2 Tbsp. nut butter (I used fresh ground peanut and almond)
2 Tbsp. molasses
1/3 c. honey or agave syrup
1/4 c. raw cane sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. milk
1 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
1/3 c. dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins, etc)
1/4 c. chopped pecans
In large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and milk (this allows the grains in the whole wheat flour to soften). Set aside.
In saute pan over medium heat, add butter and heat until a caramel brown color. Let cool.
In mixer, cream browned butter, yogurt, applesauce, and nut butters. Add molasses, honey, sugar, and vanilla; cream until smooth. Add eggs and cocoa; stir.
Incrementally, add the softened flour and stir well. Add the chocolate chips, fruit, and pecans & stir. Drop by the rounded tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet; bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cookies will still be soft but not raw in the center; don’t overbake or they get quite dry!! Cool for 5 minutes on pan, and then remove to cooling rack & cool completely.
I hope they always turn out as good as they did this time!
We have also been craving good margaritas lately, but again, most restaurants put tons of sugar in them (not that I let that always stop me!), but we’re really trying to make it through the year with this Sonoma Diet business.
So, we made margaritas! They’re on the rocks- that’s how we prefer them, actually. They were so good!!!
1 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
3 oz. Tequila
2 oz. Cointreau
1/2 – 3/4 c. sparkling water
2 lime wedges per glass
To two glasses, add lime wedges and ice. In shaker, add ice, lime juices, tequila, cointreau, and sparkling water. Shake vigorously! Pour into glasses & top with salt, as desired.
I guess it’s a weird Sunday, cookies and margaritas…but delicious! Both recipes are L.B. originals, so I hope they work if anyone else ever tries them! Have a great week, everyone! 🙂