Sunday, April 26, 2009

Healthy Cookies

These are a classic at my family gatherings and we call them 'healthy cookies' because the whole wheat flour and molasses makes them slightly healthier than others. I think they are also known as Kitchen Spice or Molasses Cookies. Regardless, they be delish. Great study snack too!

Quantity: 20-25
Time: 25mins prep time 10 mins bake time

1/2 C butter/margarine
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C dark molasses
1 egg yolk
1/2 T lemon juice
2 c whole wheat flour
1/4 C skim or soy milk powder
1 T Brewers yeast*
1/2 T baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 t ginger
1/4 t cloves
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg

*Brewers yeast can be found at the bulk food store along with all these other ingredients

Cream margarine and sugar - beat til smooth and well blended.
Beat in molasses, egg yolk & lemon juice. Mix flour and other dry ingredients (you can sift them if want to). Work dry ingredients into first mixture, blending well. This last step takes some arm strength and beater strength as well, however, my grandma made these in her 80s, soooo....suck it up.

(That's her on the chair and the rest of us are usually the ones who eat these cookies).

THEN, take small chunks of the mix and roll them with your hands into balls about 2 inches in diameter. This should make somewhere between 20-25 cookies. Place these onto a greased cookie sheet pressing them with a fork to flatten them out to about 3/4 inches thick. Place them into a preheated 350F oven in the middle rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack for 5 minutes and then place them directly into an air-tight container to keep them soft OR let them rest longer if you prefer crunchy cookies (I don't).

Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!

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