You’d think the Dieter is a difficult person to bake for, but not really. Despite the fact that they’re on a perpetual diet, trying the newest techniques and avoiding the latest buzzword ingredients (even though they may not actually know what it is or what it does to you), they’ll eventually come around to indulging in a baked treat.
Sure, they may decline the offer of a cookie at first, but leave those same treats in the office kitchen and you’ll come back to see a half cookie–the Dieter’s calling card. Because, half a cookie is more sensible than a whole cookie. At least, that’s how they justify it. Heck, isn’t that how we all justify it?
When baking for them, you must be sensitive to their dietary restrictions or at least the fact that they’re on a diet. You wouldn’t make peanut butter cookies for someone you know has a nut allergy, right? That’s why Better For You Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are the way to go. The ingredients have amped-up perceived health benefits, the cookies still taste delicious and the Dieter will be able to justify eating a WHOLE cookie once you explain the healthful components.
Let’s get started!
Better For You Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies (adapted from a recipe I got off the back of an off-brand bag of chocolate chips a long time ago)
1 cup real unsalted butter; Mention that this avoids chemicals and the general artificial status of margarine.
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour; Don’t forget fiber is good for you in more ways than one.
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 oz. 62% cacao chocolate chips; Remind the Dieter that the darker the chocolate, the healthier, right?
approximately 1 cup chopped walnuts; Call out all of the healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Preheat oven to 375F.
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and egg and mix well. Mix in the flours and baking soda. When doughy, fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Roll dough into sensibly-sized balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes.
Enjoy and don’t forget to tell the Dieter the healthy “benefits” of these cookies!