Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Years Resolutions: Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another "Healthy" Dessert Alternative

I definitely have a sweet tooth so one of the toughest things for me when I'm trying to eat healthier is to reduce the amount of sweets that I eat.  I've tried all of the tips and tricks and there just isn't anything that I've found that really replaces eating a cookie.   Another thing I've found is that once I open the cookie flood gate, I can't really close it.    So I never really eat "just one cookie"... more like one for each hand.... and food, leg, arm, ear, etc.   I thought that these mini chocolate chip cookies would be perfect as they were small enough that I could eat a few without feeling like I was blowing everything out of the water. 

What really impressed me about the cookies was the fact that they tasted pretty darn good!  For not having a lot of butter or egg yokes, I was impressed that they actually tasted like real cookies!   I did slightly overcook them so they were a little harder than I would have liked, but still tasty.    


I also didn't read the directions properly.  I thought it said to put half Tablespoon scoops onto the cookie tray, not half teaspoon.  A half teaspoon is TINY!  And since I had used regular chocolate chips, I'm not sure how they would have fit in half a teaspoon!   Next time, if i try to make them 1 point cookies, I will definitely have to use mini chocolate chips.  But I did enjoy my 2 point version! And I had a cute little spatula that fit right into the half tablespoon (Thanks Jeanette).  My cookies also came out a lot "rounder" than those on the website.   But they were still good


Speaking of chocolate chips... I was finally able to use my Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and scale that was one of my completed pins for my first month of my 30 by 30.  It was so awesome!  The digital reading on the outside shows exactly how  much things weigh and its very convenient for things while baking!  I know a lot of bakers swear by weighing out ingredients rather than using a cup measure (since its more precise).


I will definitely be making these again, although I think I'm going to be switching to the mini chocolate chips so that I can get more cookie in my bite :)  

Recipe
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies 

  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (dark)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1large egg white
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (you can use mini or even dark chocolate.  its about 1/2 cup)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. You can use a spatula o spoon if the butter is soft enough
  3. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.
  5. Drop 48 half-teaspoons or half tablespoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. 
  6. Bake cookies until golden around edges; Cool on wire rack
Bake times

1/2 tsp-- 4-6 minutes--- 1point each
1/2 Tbsp- 5-7 minutes-- 2 points each


Recipe from Weight Watchers

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