Today may be Monday, but it is actually Wednesday when it comes to my work week. Since I am off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving festivities, it is very encouraging to start the week knowing the work part will go quick! This weekend was filled with fun things like a manicure and pedicure, martini night at a wine bar, and seeing Breaking Dawn Part 2 (loved it!) on Saturday, and then on Sunday I went to breakfast with Tim, we ran a few errands, and then I did a little pre-holiday baking in the afternoon. There is nothing like baking cookies and watching Hallmark Christmas movies while sipping a festive Starbucks treat. I hope all of you were able to get your BOGO free holiday drink at Starbucks over the weekend! I opted for the Caramel Brule Latte, which was a little too rich to be a usual order, but I drank about half of my venti and saved the rest in the refrigerator to enjoy as a special treat during the week.
Speaking of treats, I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite holiday desserts is Pecan Pie. Unfortunately, I also know that sometimes whipping up a pie can take a little more time than we may have the day before Thanksgiving. Cookies on the other hand can be thrown together quickly when in a pinch. Also, while you’re being superwoman (or man) and making a home baked treat, you might as well put your powers to even more good use and make your cookies a little healthier…Healthy Thanksgiving cookies…? How about a new holiday tradition! These cookies have no butter, no oil, are light on sugar, and are made with whole wheat flour, so although the butter rich goodies may still be the first to go, you can feel good about offering a healthy option to your family’s dessert buffet.
Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies
(Makes 18 cookies)
1/2 cup pecan halves, lightly crushed
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
2 egg white OR 1/4 cup egg whites OR 1/4 cup egg beaters
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup agave
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon butter flavor
1/2 cup applesauce (optional: for moist cookies)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered Sugar Icing Ingredients
1/4 cup milk
1 – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together. (Batter may be thick).
On a non-stick baking pan, drop dough by rounded tablespoon. Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes.
If you have time to get a little fancy, why not add a powdered sugar glaze on top. Simply combine 1/4 cup skim milk and 1 cup powdered sugar (an additional 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar may be needed to get to desired consistency). Dip cooled cookies into glaze and set aside to dry.
These cookies are perfect to take to a family dinner, or just to have around the house this holiday season as a healthy dessert, or snack, option.
Questions for You:
- What is your favorite pie or dessert to have at Thanksgiving?
- Are you a Pecan Pie fan?
- What did you do this weekend?
- Who else saw Breaking Dawn over the weekend? What did you think?