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EatingWell Chocolate Chip Cookies
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This awesome lacy chocolate chip cookie is given a healthful makeover with oats and whole-wheat flour, and canola oil to replace some of the butter.”
½ cup instant oats
½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tip)
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup honey
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (see How To)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
¾ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
1Grind or process oats in a blender or food processor to a fine powder, scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl until well combined.
2Beat brown sugar, honey, butter, oil and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat in egg until combined. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips (or chunks). Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
3Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
4Drop level tablespoons of chilled dough onto the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart, to make 8 cookies at a time. Bake the cookies, in batches, until just golden, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the dough for up to 1 day. Store the baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Tip: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Find it at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
How To Soften Butter
Let butter stand at room temperature for about 1 hour before using. Warm room temperatures may soften butter more quickly. If you're in a hurry, cut the butter into small pieces and let soften for about 15 minutes. (Softening butter in the microwave is not recommended; microwaves heat unevenly and may melt, instead of soften, butter quickly.)