Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm not going to beat around the bush here, I love cookies.
Chewy cookies, soft cookies, crunchy cookies, chocolate, raisin, oatmeal, I love them all. I don't think I've never met a cookie I didn't like.

I never used to have a sweet tooth until I got pregnant with Olivia.
Sure, I liked the occasional Mars bar before getting getting pregnant, but once I was pregnant it was all over! All I wanted was sweet stuff - double stuff Oreos, double stuff Fudgee-Os, candy (coke bottles in particular), you name it I wanted it. Pregnancy cravings are REAL!!
*Side note - A Mars bar and cereal were the first things I ate after having both girls - I had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies and cereal and Mars bars (among many other things) weren't  allowed.
I was hoping after I had her, the sweet tooth would disappear, but it didn't. I still want sweets all the time!

When I bake cookies, they need to be baked for a specific reason. Whether it be delivering them to the Ronald McDonald house, having friends over or visiting family, they need to be going somewhere or I'll eat them...all of them. Ok, well not every last one, but too many.

There may be some truth to this...

Lauren will be 3 in July, and that little girl has the biggest heart of anyone I know. For the last few weeks she's been asking to go visit Great Grampa at his new nursing home. Lauren wanted to take some of her toys to give to him because she thought it would make him happy and he'd have fun with them. After some negotiating, we decided on taking cookies instead of toys.

I started looking through my cookies board on Pinterest and found a recipe for mini chocolate chip cookies that I'd pinned a really long time ago but had never made.

It looked like a fast recipe to make and the baking time was short so I figured why not try it.
From start to finish it took maybe 20 minutes. The most time consuming part was putting the dough on the baking sheet.

I never thought cute would be a word I'd use to describe cookies, but these bite size cookies are just so little and cute!
They're soft in the middle with crunchy edges and jammed packed full of chocolatey goodness! And they are the perfect size to satisfy that sweet treat craving.

Another thing I like about these little cookies, is that they're a good size fore our girls.
Let's be honest, kids don't care what size cookies are, they just want them!

A mini chocolate chip cookie or two and a glass of milk and you've got a kid friendly treat.
But don't think that these cookies are just for kids...

Once you get those little ones to bed, grab some cookies, pour yourself some cold Bailey's and you've got milk and cookies, adult style!


White Oak serving board from Joseph Réal Design

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies:
(Recipe from Weight Watchers)


2 tbsp softened, salted butter
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup packed, dark brown sugar OR 1/4 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp table salt
1 large egg white
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375ºF

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine

In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.

Drop 48* half-teaspoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie. Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 4 to 6 minutes; cool on a wire rack. Yields 1 cookie per serving (1 Smart Point per cookie).

*I got 56 half-teaspoons cookies out the dough.

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