Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Little in life says, “Thank you,” “I appreciate you” or “welcome to the neighborhood,” than freshly baked goodies. Don’t you think (and agree with this quote from Buzzfeed)?

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As a sign of gratitude for my co-workers who covered duties while I was away in Iceland, I baked up a big batch of cookies. These were not just basic cookies, mind you. With summer just coming into full swing, I decided to share s’mores-inspired cookies!DSC_0111Taking a cue from Wallflour Girl, I gathered graham crackers and chocolate chips to add to the dough. But unlike her original recipe, my variation contains no trans fat-filled margarine or white flour, but does include antioxidant-packed dark chocolate rather than regular semisweet chips and whole grains. Consider these Graham Cracker Chocolate Chips a decadent indulgence that’s been somewhat “healthified.” After several rave reviews at the office, I knew I had to share the revamped recipe with you!

Give these cookies a try this summer. And when you do, since you’re making so many smart swaps, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t stuff a toasted marshmallow between two cookies for a dessert sandwich. Because it’s all about balance, right?

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Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from Wallflour Girl

Makes about 36 cookies

  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat two cookie sheets with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt coconut oil if solid and stir together butter, oils and brown sugar. Add egg whites and vanilla.
  3. Stir together flour, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  4. Slowly add dry mixture to wet, stirring continuously. Once the consistency is even, gently fold in graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips.
  5. Roll dough into rounds about the size of a teaspoon each.
  6. Space out on the prepared cookie sheets and gently flatten (since they don’t spread out much during cooking).
  7. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until you can hear the cookies begin to make a “crackling” noise and the tops begin to slightly brown.

Nutrition information per cookie: 100 calories, 6 g fat, 47 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 1 g protein

 S’mores: Yay or nay?

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