Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hearty Whole Grain Berry Medley Chocolate Chip Cookies (Now That's a Mouthful!)

I couldn't think of what else to call these cookies, but whatever they are called and whatever similar add-ins you use, these are good!

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I adapted the recipe for these from Rosie's Bakery Chocolate-Packed Jam Filled Butter-Rich No-Holds-Barred Cookie Book by Judy Rosenberg, page 40.

Hearty Whole Grain Berry Medley Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour (or regular whole wheat flour)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon wheat bran

1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 Egg Beater with touch of yolk

3/4 cup Berry Medley Antioxidant Blend Trail Mix (from Sam's Club--it has goji berries, cranberries, honey-glazed walnuts, soy nuts and dark chocolate pieces) (note--it also has yogurt covered raisins few and far between, I took those out and my son ate them)  Another note***see bottom of this post.

1/4 cup 60% cacao dark chocolate chips (I used Gharidelli)

1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Set aside.  In medium size bowl, measure dry ingredients and whisk together (flour, baking soda, salt, oats, wheat bran, and wheat germ.  Set aside.

In bowl of mixer, combine butter and both sugars.  Beat until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla and again beat until light and fluffy.  Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Fold in add-ins of trail mix, chocolate chips and pecans.  Drop by tablespoonfuls on baking sheets and bake for 9 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool on baking sheet for 3-5 minutes then remove to cool on wire racks.  (I need to start counting, but this was only half a batch of the cookies in the Rosie's Bakery cookbook and still made about three dozen 5/8 oz. cookies.) 

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These were great, crunchy, but still chewy and full of all kinds of yummy goodness.  I really liked the soy nut crunch, the addition of the dried berries and of course, I loved the chocolate.  I also really liked the wheatiness from the whole wheat flour and the wheat germ and bran.  Looking for something a bit healthier than the regular chocolate chip cookies?  These are great!  You could substitute any add-ins you'd like, try other trail mixes, or you could just add chocolate chips and nuts.  Enjoy!  I had to freeze most of these so I didn't keep eating them.

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***I don't really know what goji berries are, but apparently they are rich in antioxidants.  They taste somewhat similar to the cranberries.  Better go do some research....

7 comments:

Anne said...

Those look great with so many whole grains in them! My husband would be all over them. Yum!

Jenny said...

Wow, these cookies look so wonderful with all the healthy grains tucked inside. I am anxious to try this recipe! Great blog, I look forward to visiting often!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I often do cookies that are similar to these ones and I know what you mean about freezing them, they're so addicting! There's something about cereals in cookies, it makes them so good allways. Plus you are tricked into thinking the're healthy and tend to eat a lot, lol! They look great Katrina!

Max and Deborah said...

These look fabulous. You create some awesome combinations

Kevin said...

Those cookies look good! I like the healthy aspect to them.

The DeL Sisters said...

Mmm. These sound like something I would like! Thanks for the commetns on our blog. Your recipes look very good!

The DeL Sisters said...

Those look great! I'm always on the lookout for more healthier recipes!