As the holidays approach, I always crave cookies. Of course I indulge a little bit in the typical “Christmas Cookies”, but I also like to have a healthier kind of cookie around to satisfy those urges and tell myself I am at least getting some nutritional value!
A few years ago I found this recipe for Winter Energy Cookies. It’s a very versatile recipe and I have made several substitutions over the years. With so many stir-in options it is a snap to customize these to a cookie even your kids will love. Below is my “tweaked” version of the recipe that includes our favorites.
Cream the butter, applesauce, sugar, molasses, and peanut butter in a large bowl. Blend in the eggs and vanilla. Mix the flours, ground flax seed, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, until evenly blended.
Stir in the oats, cranberries, choc chips, and nuts. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Shape dough into large balls using 1/4 cup of dough per cookie. Place on greased cookie sheets, leaving 3 inches between them. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. When done, the tops will still be soft to the touch. Cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool.
I use a disher to scoop these out so that they are all the same size. This recipe makes a LOT – 60 small cookies or 30 large ones – and I find they taste best freshly baked, so I usually only bake up a small batch at a time. Instead I dish the batter out on to waxed paper, flatten with the fork, and freeze them. Once they’re frozen I portion them out into 4-6 cookies per freezer bag, so I can bake them up as I want them. They work great in the toaster oven!
You can really subsitute any kind of stir-in that you like for the dried fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts. Try out a variety and find what your favorite combination is!
Christine Strain CD(DONA) – Christine is a mother of three, childbirth educator, and doula. After her first birth ended in cesarean, she joined ICAN to help prepare for her future births (both VBACs) and found a passion for helping other women have empowered birth experiences. She serves in leadership roles for ICAN of Atlanta and the Georgia Birth Network.
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