What’s a healthy cookie recipe?

Jennifer Cohen Katz
Nutrition & Dietetics
Oatmeal Cranberry Super Cookies
These great tasting cookies are full of healthful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial ingredients to help keep us healthy.
  • 1 cup soft butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick cooking)
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons hemp nuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and egg until fluffy.
  3. Mix in the flour, oats, almond flour and seeds, dried fruit, and nuts.
  4. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes at room temperature to allow the oats to absorb moisture. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Scoop the dough using a 4 ounce ice cream scoop onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball of dough slightly.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool them on the baking sheets for 15 minutes or so, to allow them to set. Move them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Yield: 18 large cookies

Rebekah Pizana
Nutrition & Dietetics

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies is adapted from Elana's Pantry

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour or rice flour, or substitute 2 cups unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ cup Organic Blue agave nectar

1 cup dark chocolate chips 

1 tsp. fresh lemon zest

Sift dry ingredients together, stir together wet ingredients and mix into dry combination. Scoop 1-Tablespoon size cookies onto a lightly-oiled baking sheet and bake for 50° for 10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

For a crisp, low carb cookie that's perfect for dunking into coffee or tea, this recipe is infused with almond extract and toasted almonds.
Almond Biscotti

1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking
2 tbsp butter
4 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 tsp almond extract
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
cooking spray

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In small baking pan, bake almonds 7 to 8 minutes or until almonds are golden brown, watching carefully that almonds do not burn. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl beat sugar and butter with electric mixer at medium speed until mixture is smooth.
  • Add egg whites and almond extract to mixture and beat until ingredients are well blended.
  • In large bowl, combine flour with baking powder and salt, and mix together well.
  • Stir SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking and egg white mixture into flour mixture until well blended.
  • Coat two 9" x 5" loaf pans with cooking spray. Divide dough evenly. Wet fingertips and spread half of the dough evenly onto the bottom of each pan.
  • Bake dough for 15 minutes or until a knife inserted into center of dough comes out clean.
  • Remove pans from oven and turn out onto cutting board.
  • Once loaves are cool enough to handle, cut each loaf into 16 slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place slices on top of parchment paper.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, turn slices and bake for additional 5 minutes or until slices are golden brown.
  • Serve slices warm or cool them completely and store in airtight container.
Makes 32 servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 55.7
Total Carbs 9.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1.5 g
Total Fat 0.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Potassium 8.2 mg
Protein 1.5 g
Sodium 66 mg

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