Almost Healthy

I’ve been feeling for nearly 2 months now that I’m about to get a cold. You know, my nose is just the tiniest bit runny, I’m not quite as full of energy as usual, and I just generally feel a little run down. So I decided about a week ago to not drink for the rest of the month, to drastically increase my vegetable intake and really work on getting my 8 hours of sleep every night. So imagine my surprise when in the middle of this mini health kick not one but TWO of my favourite baking blogs have written in the last week about whole wheat cookies.

Now I feel compelled to say that I am not a fan of standard “healthy” cookies. I eat granola for breakfast nearly every morning, and quinoa is a regular part of my diet, so I don’t feel the need to put these things in cookies. Cookies are for butter and sugar and things that are good for your soul, if not your arteries. Healthy cookies almost always have terrible texture, because the butter and the sugar lay the ground work for crispy exteriors and moist interiors. I’m a firm believer in that. BUT I like whole wheat flour sometimes. It adds a certain nuttiness and a depth to certain baked goods, a sense of substance which is nice. Especially when it’s in the form of a chocolate sugar cookie and your eating it alongside a cup of earl grey tea.

This in my adaptation of the whole wheat chocolate sugar cookies on Joy the Baker. I substituted molasses instead of brown sugar because Jordan puts brown sugar in his coffee and didn’t tell me we ran out. And thats all molasses is anyways, the brown stuff refined out of brown sugar to make it white sugar. But it also adds a little moisture. I also increased the baking powder a little because I tend to like my sugar cookies a little fluffier. But I did take her advice on sprinkling granulated sugar on the tops to make them crispier. I like crispy.

Oh! The other baking blog that I love that had whole wheat cookies this week was Orangette, and while those did look really good, I felt like chocolate today.

 Chocolate Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Sift together the dry ingredients.

Cream butter and sugar until fully combined.

Add in egg and beat for a minute or two.

Add in molasses

Beat in dry ingredients until just combined.

Chill for 2 hours. ( I have a lot of fridge space as you can see!)

Preheat oven to 350F

Lightly flour a flat surface and roll out dough to about a quarter inch thick

Cut into whatever shapes you want and chill the dough for another 10 minutes

Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake for about 15 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.

Let cool and enjoy with a cup of earl grey tea!