Friday, December 21, 2012

#RecipeFriday - It's black, it's white..cookies!

I never bake. I have just gotten around to roasting and being better about veggies, but the last time I baked-baked, Hubs and I were just starting to date and ended up both gaining weight during our first Christmas...ah, those were the days. Happy weight, but weight nonetheless. So, I've avoided baking.

I had another date with the Tampa Bay Lady Blogger gals though. A cookie swap of cookie swaps. I had to dust off my cookie sheet and be a trooper!

With more and more healthy-eating recipes lurking the internet machine, I've begun to have a peeked interest around ideas for snacks I can bake that won't necessarily be "a moment on the lips, forever on the hips" deal. I decided on attempting my own variation of a cake cookie to use in a black and white cookie recipe. After some tweaks I came up with my Cookie Swap creation! {insert evil mad scientist laugh} which means I can join Candyfit again for #RecipeFriday!

 

 

Healthy adjustments:

whole wheat flour + unbleached flour instead of all-purpose flour

Applesauce instead of oil

egg whites instead of eggs

sea salt instead of iodized salt

Smart balance butter instead of unsalted butter

 

Skinny Black & White Cookies


INGREDIENTS

Cookies: 1 cup unbleached flour

1/2 cup of whole wheat flour (all purpose)

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup Smart Balance light butter (soft)

2/3 cup applesauce

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 large egg whites (I used liquid egg whites)

Frosting: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided

3 tablespoons 1% milk, divided

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa

 

METHOD

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place applesauce over a few paper towels to use as a sieve if you don't have one (I didn't) and let drain for 15 minutes. Work with dry ingredients: measure out flour (both types) and put into large mixing bowl (leveled measure.) Add in baking powder & salt and whisk together. Set aside. Combined drained applesauce, granulated sugar, and butter in another large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes or use a blender to blend well. Add in vanilla, almond extract and egg whites and blend entire mixture. Take flour mixture and slowly add into the liquid mixture's bowl either through using a mixer or using a fork until ingredients are smoothly combined. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil with non-stick spray. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart - bake on 375 for 10 minutes or until set (not completely browned but done.) Cool until firm.
To prepare frosting, (white side) combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and almond extract in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk until smooth. Take one cookie at a time and cover half of the cookie, scraping excess frosting off at edges, let stand on drying rack 30 minutes to 1 hour. (Black side) Combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar and the cocoa in a bowl. Gradually add in 2 tablespoons of milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Take one cookie at a time and cover the other half with this mixture, scraping away excess frosting. Let stand another 30 minutes to 1 hour until frosting is firm.

 

Verdict: Me likey. And Hubs likey. And co-workers and friends likey. All is well in the world of healthy baking and I was ready to debut my lil prized cookies.

This past weekend, Beks scooped me up and we headed to my friend Steph's house for the First Annual Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers Cookie Swap! I brought one of my birthday presents that my friend Syl got me, my mini Buddy the Elf, to help me partake in the sweet festivities.

It was a great time of catching up on races, life, and enjoying a wonderful spread of not only our cookies, but some snacks & drinks that Steph put together, she was the hostess with the mostest!



 

B.o.B. and Buddy got along nicely while the ghost of Genna photo-bombed their shot.
 
 
Meghan commented on how my cookies were tasty and she was surprised that they were of the healthy persuasion. Score! There were prizes - we judged - for best appearance, best tasting, surprise ingredient, and best overall! While I didn't win, I was just happy to hear I'd done well on my baking trials and had the best time with the ladies, some of which I hadn't met before!
 
Back row L - R: Steph, Debbie, Rachel, Jacqueline, Meghann, Beth, me, Grace. Front Row L-R: Caroline (photo courtesy of her), Meghan, Monica, Diana, Genna, Jess, Beka, Anna, and Nicole
Great seeing you ladies! Happy Chrismahannawanzika!
Do you bake cookies or buy them? Healthy or traditional?

33 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a cookie fan but I love the idea of your lady bloggers get together. Did you start the group? I would love to try and put together a local group.

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    1. You should! No I didn't, Meghann from mealsandmiles.com did and Caroline usually helps us set up the get togethers!

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  2. Those cookies look great! I like the healthy alternative too. It's hard to stay healthy during the holidays so any little bit helps. So sad I missed the TBLB cookie swap, but I have a lot on my plate (nice pun) at the moment and now my kids are sick. blah. :-P

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  3. Thank you for joining in on #RECIPEFRIDAY! Love the cookies!

    I typically make them (or my Mom does lol).

    I love cookies.

    Mmmm. Cooooo-Kieeessss.

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  4. Cookies--nom, nom, nom!! I can't wait to go home and start baking with my mom and sisters. It's one of our Christmas traditions. :)

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  5. Those are adorable! I love how they look! I usually dont prefer cookies (I'm an ice cream girl!) but I love to bake with my lil buds!! Have a great day!! Xo

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    1. It's way more fun with the kiddies! You too Jenna! :)

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  6. I didn't realize your cookies were "healthy-ized" either. They were great!

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  7. Yum, I want to try these. I bake a lot but I have never made black and white cookies

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    1. I never thought to make them, but didn't realize they were a bit of work!

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  8. Oh yum!! Those look awesome. I wish I had a cookie exchange. My boyfriend had one at work, but didn't get any to bring home. I was pretty upset. ;)

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    1. Oh no! Hmm, virtual one next year? Lol that's a lot of postage ;)

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  9. Yes, Mike loved the B+W cookies too :) You did a great job on them! They were all gone by Tuesday!

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  10. Your cookies sound so good! A cookie swap would be really fun- my friends haven't done one, but maybe next year I'll organize it. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

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  11. Oh man, I want those cookies in my bellehhh now :)

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    1. Haha they're some work though let me tell ya

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  12. Those cookies look sooo yummy!!! And the cookie swap looks like so much fun!!!!

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  13. That little elf is cute! and the cookies look yummy!

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  14. Your cookies look great and you TBLB group sounds fab.
    That helicopter would have helped out a lot.

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    1. Yes because you were missing! ;)

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    2. Beka told Sarah and I she sent it for us, it must have gotten lost.

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  15. I bake cookies! I usually do traditional when its cookies...I do try to make healthier granola/protein bars though. I love cookie exchanges :)

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  16. those cookies look amazing!! i will have to try them out sometime! thanks for sharing. And i am TOTALLY getting the whole "happy weight" theory, i have packed on a couple of pounds since dan and i got engaged! eeek! going to lose it in the new year ;)Merry Christmas!!

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