Here are a few of my favourite cookie recipes. The nice thing about them is that although they give you a sweet treat to eat, they also have some added nutrients in them!
1 cup of pureed veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash or a combination of these; today I used sweet potatoes and carrots) – If you like more of a carrot cake type taste to them, you can use some grated carrot in place of some of the puree
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
Beat the above ingredients together. In a separate bowl combine:
1 1/3 cups flour (I used half white and half whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Add the dry ingredients to the carrot mixture and stir until moistened through. Drop dough by spoonfuls (about a tablespoon) onto a greased (I used cooking spray) cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Note: if you want them to resemble carrot cake more, you can add a bit of cinnamon to the dough. Additions like pineapple chunks and raisins are also very good in these.
Sneakerdoodles (adapted from www.sneakychef.com)
1 egg white
4 T. softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup of pureed white beans
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 T. sugar
Instructions: Mix together the egg white, butter, sugar, puree, and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flours, salt, and cream of tartar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk together. Form balls of cookie dough using about 1 T. of dough for each – you can do this with a spoon or melon baller. I have a cookie scoop – looks just like an ice cream scoop but smaller. Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place on a greased cookie sheet (you can use cooking spray or you can use parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet like a Silpat instead) – place them about 1 inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes until golden.
I’d love for you to share some of your favourite cookie recipes over on my cooking blog’s Virtual Holiday Cookie Swap! Go here to link up: http://islandtearoom.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/virtual-holiday-cookie-swap/