Tuesday, April 27, 2010

my own personal brand of heroin [and TWD]

I've been obsessing. Sometimes things are so good that you just can't get enough! Here's the list that's kept me smiling lately:
1. Champagne with friends just because we like the bubbles
2. My Asics Gel Nimbus running shoes that are keeping my feet blister-free
3. The 4 H&M summer dresses from the "garden collection" I just bought for $150
4. Feeling fancy in Maybelline's Color Sensational "Are You Red-dy" lipstick
5. The return of "Glee" (and Sue Slyvester) to Tuesday nights
6. Chateau de Bonhoste 2009 Bordeaux Blanc (it's $12!)
7. Colorful tulips in my flea market blue Mason jar vase
8. Kiehl's Creme du Corps super rich body moisturizer
9. Green Giant Just-for-One broccoli and cheese sauce frozen veggies
10. These ridiculously addicting cookies from Runner's World magazine (via Champagne Bubbles)

I've been making Camilla's "Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Piles of Deliciousness" since she shared them with me for three reasons: 1. Her personal trainer told her about them (so they must be healthy?) 2. They came out of Runner's World magazine (so they can't be bad for you?) and 3. They're everything I love mixed into one cookie (chocolate, oats, nuts and dried fruit).

I made a batch last Friday and then another batch on Sunday night because I can't stop eating them, and with only 1/2 cup of sugar and egg whites I really don't believe they're bad for me. Plus, the recipe makes a "reasonable" amount of cookies and the tablespoon scoop of dough makes a perfectly bite-sized cookie.

So then I opened Baking: From My Home to Yours for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe and... holy crap. They're basically the same cookies I've been baking non-stop for weeks! Dorie's "Chockablock Cookies" have the same basic ingredients - sugar, flour, eggs, oats, chopped nuts, chopped dried fruit, and chopped chocolate.

What's great about the Runner's World cookies (and Dorie's as well) is that you can add in whatever you like. I've followed the recipe with chocolate chips and Craisins, I've tried it with dark chocolate chunks, flaked coconut and dried cherries, and the last time around I used coconut, chopped dark chocolate (Lindt chocolate with a touch of sea salt to be exact!), chopped walnuts and raisins.

Since the recipes are so close I'm sharing my Runner's World addiction for my TWD post. And with less sugar and just egg whites they might be a little healthier, so feel free to stuff your face a little more! I'll have to give Dorie's original version a shot next time.

p.s. I love to eat these out of the freezer for a real treat. I put the batch in a gallon-sized ziplock and freeze them. Might sound weird, but they're delicious!

Runner's World Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips
RunnersWorld.com

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
3 egg whites
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries (or raisins or dried cherries)
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chunks)
add ins: 1/2 cup flaked coconut, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray (or parchment paper).

In a large bown, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the brown sugar, oil, egg whites, and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips. Add to the flour mixture; stir until just blended.

Drop the batter by scant tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown.

Cool the cookies on racks. Store in an airtight container.

9 comments:

Julia said...

I put cookies in the freezer and eat them frozen too. My favorite ones to do that with are peanut butter chocolate chips. I need to try this recipe since it is slightly healthier then lots of cookies.

Flourchild said...

Mine went in the freezer too. I like the healthy version!

Joanne said...

Go Glee! I am super addicted to that show! And I just went shopping at H+M...such a great store. You and I are totally on the same wavelength today.

These cookies look fantastic. I love that you can mix in any toppings and they will still be delicious!

Camilla Leila said...

ooooh yours look so yummy!! i want to make them again and again and again too! love it!

and i really like the idea of putting cookies in the freezer. i'll try that next time
xoxo

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Abbie said...

Hmm, these look very healthy :) (Just kidding. They sound yummy too!)

I loved your cheerful list!

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

these look so good! i put my quick breads in the freezer, but never cookies i'm going to have to try that!

Kristen said...

Looks delicious! Can't go wrong with chocolate, fruit, nuts and oats! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Beth said...

Julia- Frozen cookie-eaters unite!

Flourchild- Thanks for reading!

Joanne- Glee + H&M = a match made in heaven. We're definitely on the same page!

Camilla- You're to blame for the 5lb I'm gaining eating "healthy cookies" haha - thanks!

Vincent- Thanks for reading!

Abbie- I'm glad you liked my list :) Thanks for reading

LetMeEatCake- Frozen cookies are the best, I swear to them, especially in the summer

Kristen- Thanks for checking out the post! Glad you enjoyed the recipe

 
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