Friday, June 02, 2006

Okay, one more sweet

Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies
Better Homes and Gardens New Dieter’s Cookbook Copyright 2003

1 cup rolled oats
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce container plain low-fat yogurt I used vanilla Activa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces (12-ounces) I used chunks

1. Place oats in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Place oats in a food processor bowl or blender container. Cover and process or blend until ground; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda and salt; beat until combined. Beat in the yogurt, eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oats and any remaining flour. Stir in the chocolate pieces.
3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 90 cookies. Per cookie: 82 calories, 3 g fat, 12 mg chol, 54 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. I only got about 54 cookies.

I usually go for chewy chocolate chip but I like all versions. I really liked this recipe. I took them to a cookout and they went over well. They look different than most chocolate chip cookies but I thought they tasted great and they stayed moist for days. This is definitely a recipe I would make again.

I picked this cookbook up at the book sale they had in the lobby at work one day a few weeks ago. It's packed with recipes and pictures. The layout is a little confusing - there are chapters on kids' favorites, quick weekday meals, entertaining, etc along with the usual chapters broken down by appetizers, meats, desserts, etc so if you're looking for a chicken recipe, it might be in about 6 dfifferent chapters. Thank God for the index.
These cookies were actually in the Kids' Favorites section and my son did enjoy them.

Most of the recipes aren't as basic as this but they aren't complicated and the ingredients can probably be found in your local grocery store. They use lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains.

Question of the Day: Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?


Wanda said...

No, when the kids or I have made them, we always just used the recipe on the chocolate chip package....which is really good.

I really enjoy your blog! I visit daily...well, several times daily, so I can see any new comments. 'Anonymous Jan' is away from her computer until late Sunday or Monday, so she won't be commenting this weekend.

Heather said...

I have made this recipe!! I too really like it. It is different.
My favorite choclate chip recipe came from an old church cookbook and is called Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Unknown said...

I have two. The ABSOLUTE best one is called "Sharpe Chocolate Chip Cookies" because the cookies look like sharpe bulldogs! It's a fun cookie.
The other is one I modified to meet the request of my dad. It's called Mountain Cookies because it has so much in it that it doesn't flatten out when cooked. It has PB, pecans, oatmeal, chocolate chips, etc in it!

Randi said...

I always just make the tollhouse recipe. Have you tried Kitchen sink cookies from Martha Stewart? I love those.

Michele said...

These look really good! I always use the Nestle Tolehouse recipe, it's my all time favorite.

Anonymous said...

I do! My favorite recipe is Cook's Illustrated's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies, which use browned butter. I made a bunch of recipes over the years, and then baked all of my favorites side by side, and these were my top choice. I actually screwed them up the first time I made them, not sure how. They were not very tasty, and being labeled "perfect", I figured I'd done something wrong! I'm really glad I gave them another chance!

What I also baked for the side-by-side taste test: Light Chocolate Chip Cookies and Big and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (ATK Family Cookbook); Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies (Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book); Classic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Classic Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies with whole wheat flour, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking); The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie (The Mixer Bible). I've also previously made Deluxe Peanut Butter and Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cook's Country) and Chocolate Chip Cookies (Jacques Torres, also known as the NY Times recipe). Honestly not a bad one in the bunch :)

Despite having my personal favorite, I think everyone's tastes are so different, there really is no "best" chocolate chip cookie. I don't like too much chocolate in mine, which is probably why I like blondies so much! My favorite part is the base of the cookie with just enough chocolate :)