Want to be the coolest mom ever? Let your kids have cookies for breakfast!
Especially if you're a boring mom like me who doesn't allow sugary cereals, denies them the Pop-Tart, and only sometimes allows a weekend doughnut festival, cookies for breakfast seem like the most amazing way to win mom points.
At first mention, it may sound like a horrendous idea -- at least if your kids turn feral when they've had too much sugar. But a healthy breakfast cookie? One that's more like a nice low-fat muffin than a crispy chocolate treat, and has none of the high fructose corn syrup or other scary additives of the store-bought versions? Sign me up for Mom of the Year right now.
This version, from Cooking With My Kid, replaces much of the butter in a traditional cookie with applesauce, too, so it's even healthier, but still sounds delicious.
Breakfast Cookie Recipe (from Cooking With My Kid)
Prep Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 12 mins
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick butter
2 1/2 cups (unsweetened) applesauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup dried cranberries (I'd toss in a few chocolate chips here, or some nuts if your kids like them)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and sugars in an electric mixer until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix until JUST blended. Do not overmix. Fold in the applesauce, oats, and dried cranberries. Scoop out batter onto a greased cookie sheet (a silicone baking mat like a Silpat or parchment paper would be a good idea here), flatten slightly, and bake for 12 mins or until toothpick comes out clean (they'll look more like muffin tops). Makes about 2 dozen.
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