These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies have the familiar flavors of brown sugar and chocolate, but get a sophisticated twist from tahini (sesame paste). Tahini helps to lower the saturated fat by more than 66 percent while adding a nutty flavor to an old classic. Source: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Whisk oats, whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat tahini and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until blended into a paste. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; continue beating until well combined--the mixture will still be a little grainy. Beat in egg, then egg white, then vanilla. Stir in the oat mixture with a wooden spoon until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

  • With damp hands, roll 1 tablespoon of the batter into a ball, place it on a prepared baking sheet and flatten it until squat, but don't let the sides crack. Continue with the remaining batter, spacing the flattened balls 2 inches apart.

  • Bake the cookies until golden brown, about 16 minutes, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through. Cool on the pans for 2 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Let the pans cool for a few minutes before baking another batch.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for longer storage.

Ingredient notes: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Look for it in natural-foods stores and some supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; 4.8 g total fat; 1.6 g saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium. 41 mg potassium; 13.9 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 2 g protein; 40 IU vitamin a iu; 9 mcg folate; 13 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 10 mg magnesium;

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