Friday, July 31, 2009

Deceptively Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas

Since we are trying to eat better, eating cookies is off the list. I thought these might be a bit of a compromise since it's pretty low in fat and high on protein because of the chickpeas.

This recipe is from the cookbook Deceptively Delicious. I saw this recipe featured on Oprah, where she raved about the cookies. Everybody remember that one? I thought even if they are half as good as regular cookies, I'd be happy. Also I thought the chickpeas might seem like nuts in the cookies.

The verdict?
hmmmmmm...not so much. They were OK. Because we haven't had any sweets in the house, we inhaled these pretty quickly, but I was still disappointed. I didn't feel so bad serving my son one for dessert after lunch the next day, but it was still a chocolate chip cookie. Like I said in my post about Cookie Perfecting Secrets, there are NO HEALTHY cookies. I guess I'm the one who needs to realize it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Chickpeas

1 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
3/4 cup trans-fat free soft tub margarine spread
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and margarin with a wooden spoon or on medium speed until smooth. Beat in the egg whites and vanilla, then the chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt, and mix on low speed until a thick dough forms.

Drop the dough by the tablespoonful onto the baking sheet, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Press gently with a fork to flatten. Bake until the cookies are golden brown and just set, 11 to 13 minutes; do not overbake. Transfer to a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Easy Cooking | Simple Cooking

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