Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recipe : Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a secret ingredient)

This recipe is from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food.  It sounds weird... and I guess it is... but I have it on the word of 2, 3, and 6 year olds that these are deelish.  They sort of look like they have macadamia nuts in them, but without the expected crunch.  So my advice is, warn adults, but don't say a word to kids.  They won't know the difference anyway.   (By the way, she has a second book out now!!  Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives)

Since I was making them for company instead of the cookie jar, I made them a little big, using very full tablespoons, and the baking time ended up being closer to 20 minutes.  Start checking at 11 minutes depending on the size you make them.  They don't really spread very much, just a bit, and it's a little hard to tell when they're done.  You want the top to be set and not shiny, and the edges to be just starting to brown.

Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(with chickpeas)

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup soft margarine
2 large egg whites
2 tsp vanilla
1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I used quick oats)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray (I used parchment paper).

In a large bowl, beat the sugar and margarine until smooth.  Beat in the egg whites and vanilla, then the chickpeas and chocolate chips.  Add the flour, oats, baking soda and salt, and mix until a thick dough forms.

Drop the dough by tablespoonful onto the baking sheet, spacing about two inches apart.  Flatten slightly.  Bake until golden brown and just set, 11-13 minutes.  Do not overbake.  Transfer to a rack to cool.

Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

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