My toddler likes to think she’s the original cookie monster. She can inhale a whole batch of cookies in a couple of sittings – if allowed to. Though I am not much of a cookie person myself, we do go through quite a few batches around here. I prefer baking cookies that have a savory quality to them. I also need them to taste less like a dessert and more like a healthy-ish snack that wont have me running to closest treadmill after snack time.
Fortunately, my current food idol, Ottolenghi, has just what I need. His latest release, Sweet, is my favorite bedtime reading. I plan to bake my way through the book and this recipe is a great starting point. It has something for everyone. It is sweet without being excessively so. It’s chewiness is punctuated by the crunch of the nuts. The tartness of the cranberries plays beautifully with the bittersweet notes of chocolate.
That’s not all. This recipe has the goodness of wholewheat flour and oats. The cookie dough doesn’t need to be chilled before baking and the cookies will stay good for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Have I convinced you to bake a batch yet? Let’s get started!
- All purpose flour – 50 grams or 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp
- White whole wheat flour – 25 grams or 3 tbsp
- Old fashioned oats – 50 grams or 1/2 cup plus 1.5 tbsp
- Whole almonds – 50 grams or 1/3 cup*
- Dried cranberries – 42 grams or 1/3 cup
- Orange zest – 1/2 tbsp or the zest of a small orange
- Orange juice – 1 tbsp
- Unsalted butter – 75 grams or 1/3 cup (softened to room temperature)
- Granulated sugar – 34 grams or 1/4 cup minus 1 tbsp
- Salt – a pinch
- Bittersweet chocolate bar (at least 60%) – 3 oz or 90 grams
*I used slivered almonds instead of whole almonds while testing the recipe and they turned out just as good. You will need 2/3 cup of slivered almonds. You can skip the roasting step and add them to the recipe as is
Yield – 10 to 12 cookies that are 2.5 inches in diameter. Recipe can be doubled
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread the whole almonds out on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes till they’re just roasted. Set them to cool on a rack. Once cooled, chop them roughly into bite sized pieces. Set aside. If using slivered almonds you can skip this step
- Increase the oven temperature to 375 F or 190 degree Celsius and preheat
- Rough chop the dried cranberries. Soak them in the orange juice for about 10 minutes
- In a medium bowl combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, almonds and salt and set aside
- In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter, granulated sugar and orange zest till it turns light and fluffy and increases in volume. This takes at least 5 minutes
- Add the flour-almond mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and whip to combine
- Add the cranberries soaked in orange juice and whip briefly
- Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Turn the dough out onto it and gently bring it together into a ball
- Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper or cling film into a rough circle which is 1/4th of an inch thick
- Using a 2.5 inch cookie cutter punch out the cookies. Using a spatula gently transfer the cookies onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Place the cookies about an inch apart. They do not expand in the oven
- Bake in a preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes till they are uniformly golden brown
- Cool the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack
- While the cookies are cooling, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (set a small sauce pan with an inch of water in it over the stovetop on low heat. Place the bowl with chocolate over this saucepan and stir periodically till the chocolate melts). Set aside to cool slightly
- Dollop about a teaspoon of chocolate on the cookies and spread it out evenly using the back of a spoon. Set the cookies back on the rack to cool completely and till the chocolate sets
- The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week
Recipe adapted from the Cranberry and Oat Cookies recipe from his latest book Sweet
That’s right! Baked, not fried.
I’ve been wanting to make a baked version of these insanely addictive treats for quite some time now. My mom absolutely loves them and I so wanted to bake her a batch while she was here, visiting us. But every time we went out to eat she would skip the entree and order a plate of churros for herself. I did not want to double up on those calories so I kept delegating this recipe to the bottom of my baking to-do list.
Then I found the perfect motivation. I made a batch of Smitten Kitchen’s Hot Fudge Sauce. This stuff is indeed the bomb. I want to put it over everything! And what goes better with chocolate sauce than churros?
I mean, just check this out!
It’s easy to make – half an hour from beginning to end – and it’s something you can easily whip up for company. Best part is, no special equipment needed. Just a saucepan, spatula and some elbow grease!
Let’s get started
Yield – 24 Churros each 4 inches long
- All purpose flour – 1 and 1/3 cup
- Large eggs – 3 (at room temperature)
- Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup (If using salted butter leave out salt from the dry ingredients)
- Light brown sugar – 1 tbsp
- Granulated sugar – 2 tbsp
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Water – 1 cup
- Vanilla extract -1 tsp
- Granulated sugar with 1 tsp of nutmeg or cinnamon for dusting finished churros – 1/3 cup
- Preheat oven to 400 F or 205 degree Celsius
- Add butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, salt (if using) and water to a medium sized saucepan and place it on medium heat. Stir occasionally till the sugars and butter melt completely
- Let the liquid come to a boil and then take it off the heat
- Add in the vanilla extract and flour to the hot liquid and stir vigorously till a smooth dough is formed and it begins to gather around the spatula
- Make a well in the center of the dough and and the first egg. Stir vigorously again till the egg is completely incorporated. It takes a couple of minutes. You will see the dough getting smoother and shinier after the egg is mixed in
- Mix the other two eggs one at a time stirring thoroughly after each addition. Here’s a visual guide. The image on the right was taken after the three eggs were added
- Fill the dough into a piping bag fitted with a wide open star tip and pipe the dough in straight lines on a parchment lined sheet tray. I piped them about 3.5 to 4 inches long
- Spray or lightly brush the piped dough with oil. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes
- When done the churros will be crisp and golden brown on the outside and will slide around easily on the tray
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes
- Take granulated sugar and nutmeg (or cinnamon) in a wide bowl and mix. Toss warm churros in the sugar till they are lightly coated. Serve!
Notes – These churros are best eaten fresh, right out of the oven. You can dip them in any sauce of your choice – melted chocolate, salted caramel, fudge – all work great! If you want to make these churros in advance, cool them and store in an airtight container. Just before serving, warm them in a preheated oven at 350 F or 180 degree Celsius for 5 minutes and then toss them in the sugar – nutmeg mixture
Recipe adapted from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Biscotti has always been popular. With me. I found it puzzling then, that I had not bothered to dedicate even a single post to the perfect coffee companion. The situation had to be remedied.
I intend to bake a batch every few weeks in the name of recipe testing and if I’m able to hold on to them long enough to take a few pictures, I intend to blog about them too!
I was so excited with the way this batch turned out that I immediately invited a couple of friends over for a session of coffee and taste testing. Huge success!
When, after downing a couple of biscottis each, they showed no signs of slowing down I grew alarmed. I had to snatch the tray out of their hands and escort them to the door. HA! That saved the day and this blog post.
It’s super simple. Just cream butter and sugar together, add the eggs and whip until fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips and mix just until combined. Shape into a log and bake.
Cool and then slice the log.
Bake again till done. Don’t let the double baking scare you. It’s easier than it looks.
Make it but don’t invite any friends over. At least not the first time.
- Salted butter at room temperature – 6 tbsp (If using unsalted butter add 3/4 tsp salt to the dry ingredients)
- Granulated sugar – 3/4 cup
- Large eggs – 2
- Vanilla extract – 1/4 tsp
- Instant coffee powder or strong brewed coffee – 1 tsp
- All purpose flour – 1 and 1/4 cup
- Almond flour – 3/4 cup
- Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup
- Baking soda – 1 tsp
- Semi sweet chocolate chips – 3/4 cup
Yield – 20 cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 degree Celsius
- Cream butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and fluffy
- Add the eggs in one at a time and whip well after each addition
- Mix the instant coffee powder with a teaspoon of water and add it to the sugar-butter-egg mixture along with the vanilla. Whip briefly to combine
- In a separate bowl add the all purpose flour, almond flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and combine with a fork or whisk
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in three batches mixing well after each addition
- Fold in the chocolate chips using a spatula
- Line a cookie tray with parchment paper or foil or a silpat mat. Dump the dough onto the tray and shape it into a log approximately 12×4 inches
- Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. The log will develop cracks on top and should be firm to the touch
- Cool the log on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes
- Carefully slice the log at an angle into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick slices. You’ll get approximately 20 slices. It is okay if the insides are still a little soft
- Transfer the slices back to the cookie sheet carefully. Place them cut side down in rows and bake in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake again for another 5 minutes until the slices are firm
- Transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container
Recipe adapted from the chocolate biscotti recipe at Chocolate Chocolate and More
My toddler is a cookie addict. If she could have her way she’d have cookies for breakfast every single day. Now, I could get behind that sentiment too but I’m sure I’m just one chocolate chip cookie away from busting out of my new pair of jeans. Sigh!
I’ve been looking high and low for a low cal cookie recipe that also tastes delicious. I wanted a light cookie but just didn’t want it to taste like it was diet friendly – you get me?
This cookie fits that job description perfectly! It’s light, delicate, sweet, crisp on the outside and soft and chewy inside. Gluten free. No butter. No oil. In other words – a dream come true!
Bonus – it’s unbelievably easy to make.
Just mix almond flour, sugar and zest in a bowl
Whip egg white and vanilla extract mixture to soft peaks
Fold egg white into flour mixture and scoop onto a cookie sheet. See those little orange flecks? Beautiful flavor!
Although these cookies are fantastic by themselves, something about their pointy ends made me want to dip them in dark chocolate. Yeah! That was a good move!
The cookies were gone in under 24 hours You’ll definitely want to double this recipe.
- Blanched Almond Flour – 1 cup
- Granulated sugar – 3 tbsp
- Orange zest – 1/4 tsp approx (zest of a small orange)
- Large egg white – 1
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
- White distilled vinegar – 1/2 tsp
- Chocolate chips – 1/3 cup (optional)
- Unsalted butter – 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Yield – 18 small cookies
- Preheat oven to 325 F or 162 degree Celsius
- In a mixing bowl combine almond flour, granulated sugar and orange zest and set aside
- Take vinegar in a separate (clean!) bowl and with a paper towel wipe down the entire bowl with the vinegar. This makes sure your egg whites whip up well
- Add the egg white to this bowl along with the vanilla extract and whip with a whisk or hand blender till you get soft peaks
- Add this egg white mixture to the almond flour mixture and combine gently with a spatula. It will look crumbly initially but it will come together
- Scoop a teaspoon of the dough and using a second teaspoon form a quenelle shaped cookie by going back and forth between the two spoons. I was not too successful, as you can see. You can just form small balls of the dough and flatten them slightly on the cookie sheet
- Space the cookies about an inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes
- The cookies will not spread. The cookies are done when they turn golden brown around the edges
- Allow them to cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely
- Optional glaze – Melt the chocolate chips and butter over a double boiler or in the microvave. Stir until smooth. Dip each cookie into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet till the chocolate sets
These cookies are of course, best eaten fresh but you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container for a few days. Anything longer than 3 days, I would recommend storing them in the refrigerator as they tend to get soft.
Recipe adapted from Almond Cookies over at Taste Love and Nourish