Cravings are funny. I rarely crave sweet things like chocolate bars and candy. Usually my cravings lean toward salty and crunchy like chips and nuts. The exception to this is when I’m trying to lose weight. Whenever I’m trying to drop some pounds, chocolate cravings come from out of the blue for things we rarely buy, like Snickers bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter Big Cups. A few days ago one of those cravings hit me and I was determined to find a semi healthy alternative that would satisfy me. Consulting the Weight Watchers website, I found this recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I know that oatmeal cookies aren’t inherently healthy but when compared to what I wanted, I feel pretty good about them. The recipe said it makes 30 cookies which I didn’t believe until I started scooping out the dough. I used my small ice cream scoop and filled it 3/4 full and ended up with 34 cookies. They aren’t the huge cookies of course, but it’s just enough to give you a taste of chocolate in a nice dense cookie. I under cook them slightly so they’re soft and moist instead of thin and crispy like the original recipe. If you want to cut the fat further, substitute apple sauce for half of the butter.
- 1½ cup quick cooking oats
- ¾ cup white flour
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
- ½ light brown sugar
- 7 tbsp. white sugar
- 1 large egg, well beaten
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a large bowl mix sugars, butter until creamy and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix just until combined.
- Stir in oat mixture. Add chocolate chips.
- Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet or parchment paper in rounded tablespoons. Bake for 12 minutes.