Monday, January 14, 2008

From the Kitchen: More Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been avoiding baking cookies until recently because I was trying to lose the pregnancy weight that had overstayed its welcome. Well, I finally lost it all (hooray!), but now I'm making up for the lack of baked goods and it's not doing me any favors. I have come to the inevitable and unfortunate conclusion that, when it comes to having cookies in the house, I have no self-control whatsoever. Even the no dairy issue seems less troublesome when faced with the lip-smacking aroma of freshly baked cookies.

Whether or not you are familiar with Great Harvest and their over-abundance of delectable baked goods, you will appreciate this knock-off recipe for chocolate chip-embedded wholesome goodness. They use whole wheat flour and thick rolled oats to give a satisfying texture, and the butter-molasses combination creates a wonderful caramel taste.

Copycat Great Harvest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 24 Giant Cookies

· 2 cups whole wheat flour
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 2 cups brown sugar, packed
· 1 cup butter
· 2 cups thick rolled oats
· 2 eggs
· 2 tablespoons molasses
· 1 tablespoon milk
· 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat together brown sugar and butter until well combined. Add oats, eggs, molasses and milk; beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture; beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop, measure dough and drop about 3 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F for 12 to 13 minutes, just until starting to brown around the outside. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove and cool on racks.

*To make them more authentic, you could consider adding walnuts and substituting chocolate chunks for the chips. I like to add 1/4 cup wheat germ and 1/4 cup flaxseed meal for additional fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids when I bake them for friends who have just had a baby (my most recent excuse for baking them).

Can you resist? Bake some and try your luck.

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