It’s Cookie Day!

Yesterday afternoon my kiddo and I spent two hours baking cookies. Along with being lots of fun, oh my gosh did we ended up with some delish creations. And it’s your lucky day, because I’m sharing two WIN recipes with you! (In case you’re wondering what cookies have to do with writing and reading and books, quality snacks are important for sustenance and motivation… of course!)

First, the super-healthy No Sugar Oat Drops* (thank you, Blueberry Girl!) –

Before we get to the recipe, let me give you an honest disclaimer: I had serious doubts about these cookies before making them. I mean, they contain NO sugar, NO butter, NO eggs, and NO flour. What’s left for making a tasty treat? Lots of things, apparently. These cookies are fabulous. Light but filling, sweet, and my daughter absolutely loves them. I’m going to let her have them for breakfast if she likes, because they’re just that healthy…

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats (I used Quaker Steel Cut and they worked great)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup of almond meal (hard to find at the store… near the corn meal, I learned)
1/2 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped (I used peanuts because I had them on hand)
1 cup dried fruit (I used dates, but you can use anything dried – raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or a combo)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, combine oats, almond meal, mixed nuts and coconut flakes. Stir in allspice and cinnamon. Add dried fruit and stir until well blended. Make sure the dried fruit does not stick together. In another bowl, combine canola oil, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Using a large cookie cutter, press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Makes approximately 30 cookies.

And the not-quite-as-healthy-but-still-a-relatively-good-choice Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies (thank you, Divine Baking!):

These cookies are reminiscent of the chocolate crinkle cookie my mom made when I was younger, but have no flour and no butter and are therefore a far healthier choice. And they taste SO yummy. Rich and decadent and intensely chocolate-y. I never thought I’d say this about a cookie, but you really can eat just one and be satisfied…

Non-stick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces), divided
3 large egg whites, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided (I cut back and used 2 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large baking sheets with non-stick spray.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl, stirring twice (about 2 minutes). Let cool slightly. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in large bowl to soft peaks (this took a few minutes). Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar (in the interest of cutting back on sugar intake, I only used 1/2 cup here). Continue beating until mixture resembles marshmallow creme. Add melted chocolate chips and beat on low speed until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 cup powdered sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl. With your mixer on low, slowly add dry ingredients into meringue and beat until well combined. Place 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon of cookie dough into ball, then roll in powdered sugar to coat (my daughter thought the cookies looked like donut holes at this point :)). Place on prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.

Bake until the cookies puff and the tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks for about 10 minutes. Sample one while still warm, if possible. Makes approximately 18 cookies.

*I originally happened upon the No Sugar Oat Drop recipe on Tracey Neithercott‘s Pinterest page… yet another reason Pinterest rocks. 🙂

Happy baking!

Are you a cookie fan? What are your favorites? Any tasty recipes to share?

And don’t forget to check in tomorrow to see if you’ve won an ARC of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

23 thoughts on “It’s Cookie Day!

  1. Carolina Valdez Miller says:

    I’m always looking for a healthier alternative (okay, only sometimes), and these look fantastic. Did you use sweetened coconut in the first ones? I wonder how well those hold up for school lunches?

    Thanks for the recipes, girlie!

    • katyupperman says:

      I did use sweetened coconut, but only because that’s what I happened to have in my pantry. I think they’d be just as good with the unsweetened coconut, and I think they’d hold up great for lunches. Let know know if you make them AND what you think. 🙂

  2. Rebecca B says:

    Did I hear “no-sugar” and “fabulous”? Be still, my heart! I have to try that recipe; thanks for sharing! (This is also going to make me get back into Pinterest, which I’ve been totally ignoring.)

    • katyupperman says:

      Ha! Pinterest and I have a love/hate relationship… I love everything about it, but hate the time it sucks away.

      Let me know if you try to the sugarless cookies… they really are yummy! Oh, and I’m looking forward to trying the popsicles you posted about the other day. 🙂

  3. Vickie Motter says:

    I’m always looking for sugar free cookies. The first one looks amazing! Need to go find some almond meal… I love that there are bananas in them. I have a delicious oatmeal banana cookie recipe everyone thought I was insane to make.

    • katyupperman says:

      Ooh, you’ll have to share your oatmeal banana cookie recipe. I always have over-ripe bananas laying around and I’m tired of making banana bread. Plus, I’m trying to cut WAY down on the sugar intake around my house, so any healthy recipes are welcome.

      Let me know if you make the Oat Drops and what you think. 🙂

  4. Yahong says:

    Ohh, these look fantastic. :F <– That's drool. 😛 Thank you so much for sharing, Katy! I must print these out and pin them up on the fridge to bake one day.

  5. judy atkinson says:

    I’m so fortunate to have a daughter who makes me smile every day,
    I blush with pride at the woman you’ve become, Much Love, Mom

  6. Jillian says:

    I bookmarked these recipes a while ago and finally got around to making the first one – so yummy! I mentioned them in my blog and passed on an award to you as well. Now I can’t wait to try the chocolate ones 😀

    • katyupperman says:

      Oh, yay! So glad you tried them AND liked them. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂 I need to make a fresh batch for myself! And I have to say, even though they’re not quite as healthful, the chocolate cookies are even yummier!

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