My neighbor Kate is the coolest mom. Her kids are in elementary school and are shining stars – so friendly and full of life. Among other more serious qualities, Kate is a cool mom because she has a cookie jar in her kitchen. Matt and I were over visiting one day and she offered me a cookie – straight from the jar. The cookie I savored was one of the best I’ve had – chewy, buttery, seedy. And it was one of those cookies that tasted deliciously healthy.
Kate shared the recipe with me, and while these cookies do contain their share of sugar and butter, they are packed with good-for-you ingredients as well: whole wheat flour, ground flax, coconut oil, chia seeds, pecans, oats and dark chocolate.
I gathered my ingredients on the porch one rainy day during naptime and set to work.
I halved Kate’s original recipe and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of spelt flour. My cookies turned out a bit thinner than hers, but they have the same wonderful chew and flavor.
‘Nothin’ like the smell of vanilla!
The recipe is super simple once you have all of the ingredients set up – just sift your dry, mix your wet, dump dry into wet and stir by hand. Add your mixins and form into cookies. Bake.
The chia seeds really are the stars here – itsy bitsy crunch!
But then again…the chocolate…
Because this is a beast of a recipe, Kate often makes her dough in bulk and then freezes it to bake off for her hungry kiddos as needed.
I formed mine into balls and gave them a slight smash
Outta the oven 12 minutes later!
These are the type of cookies you have to let cool or they’ll crumble into your hands. It was a long wait!
Yield 24 Cookies
These cookies are 50% butter and sugar and 50% superfood. Chia seeds create little crunchy bits with each bite and ground flax, coconut oil and whole wheat pastry flour keep them soft and chewy.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1.5 sticks softened butter (6 ounces)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 1 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Sift dry ingredients together.
- In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until smooth.
- Stir in mix ins.
- Bake until they are just cooked - about 12 minutes.
Mazen was very excited about the cookie jar when naptime ended even though he’s not quite old enough for cookie eatin’
I thought having a cookie jar would be super fun and I was right – it IS super fun! Meaning I’ve eaten way too many of these delicious cookies this week. Alas, I don’t think I’m going to make this a regular thing – until I have troops of kids coming through my house looking for an after school snack to eat them before I can!