Cookie Contest

Happy Friday everyone! I know in previous years we had a grand old cookie exchange here, and this year the time has just slipped away from me :( but I have good news, you can still bake your cookie loving heart out, snap a shot, and submit them into the Smart Balance Healthier Holiday Cookie Spectacular!! You could win a years supply of smart balance for your efforts :)

Healthier Holiday Cookie Spectacular? Who named this? I think they named it for me? Don't you agree?
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Wait...What's that? You've never used Smart Balance before? Me neither! Until this past week when the lovely people there sent me some coupons so I could go hog wild in the kitchen baking up all kinds of cookies to share with you all! You can check out their website for recipes, or use your own favorites and sub out the butter 1 for 1 for smart balance. (gotta love easy math)

Don't get me wrong, I make all kinds of cookies without any fat that are delicious, but they all lack that crisp outer layer butter and oil lend to a cookie. You know what I'm talking about, that hot out of the oven crispy outside chewy center, love of your life cookie. *drool*

When you have to use some form of fat to get that crisp texture you want to use the healthiest version of it right? By swapping smart balance for butter you get 60% less saturated fat, 0 cholesterol, and 0 trans fat. All good stuff right? And you still get that creamy texture you love when you beat it with sugar (not something you can get using oil).

My first batch of cookies using smart balance came from (never home)maker and I'm hooked! These cookies have so much going for them, and the texture was spot ON! Although the banana in them caused them to loose the crisp factor the next day... so these should be enjoyed on the same day for maximum effect!

Chunky Monkey Cookies
recipe from (never home)maker slightly adapted by me below

1/2 cup Smart Balance (use the Smart Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread to make these vegan)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup splenda or use 1/3 cup natural sugar
1/2 large banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/3 cup wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Method . . .
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the Smart Balance, banana, sugars, and vanilla. Until fluffy. About 4 minutes on high.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and then pour them into your mixer. Mix for a minute on slow.
3. Fold in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Until everything is well incorporated.
4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. and bake for about 15 minutes



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4 chews:

Jeanne said...

that's so awesome that these were good!
This wknd is going to be a big cookie baking spree for me. I am so looking forward to making Christmas goodies! :)

Simply Life said...

oh those cookies look fabulous!

Angie said...

made these for different occasions and both times I received RAVE reviews. I already have this recipe memorized. Thank you for sharing. Awesome cookies :)

I'm so glad you have been enjoying them!! They are a wicked tasty treat!

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