Chocolate Chip & Walnut Cookies

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Side note, or really top note: If you've just crawled out from under your internet-less rock, you may have just found out that Google is getting rid of the Reader come July 1st. Or is it June 1st? Either way, I don't care when it is because I'm pretty unhappy about it.

First, I just recently got to 101 followers which gave me the warm fuzzies. Now I won't get to log into Blogger and see that anymore. Plus, what is going to happen to those 101 people? I want to keep them! And what about all the blogs I follow or the 2,000 or so recipe I have starred? Are they just going to disappear into an internet-black hole?

The answer is, apparently not. There are two sites out there who must have been anticipating this, at least a little bit. Feedly and Bloglovin have now made it possible for you to import all of your blogs (and starred posts) from Google Reader directly onto their sites.

Being indecisive, I imported my information into both. I like the layout of Bloglovin better, and I think its cool that if you actually click on the post there, it takes you to the actual blog. Which is good for people who track post count and that sort of thing. However, I can't find my starred items anywhere. Or how to see previous posts that I didn't star. No bueno!

As for Feedly, I feel like its very modern and sheek. While I'm comfortable with Bloglovin seeing me in my pajamas without make up, I feel like Feedly requires a certain amount of sophistication that doesn't come with Target pj's and messy hair. But Feedly brought over all my starred items.

Decisions, decisions. Anyway, the point in the past few paragraphs is that I would love to keep you as a reader and know you are out there, so I've installed a widget-thingy under Keep Connected (its over there -----> at the top) where you can follow me on Bloglovin. (Which I'm now reading as blo-glovin.)

And if you don't give a rats ass about blog readers, don't worry. I'm done talking about them (at least in this post). Cookies are below. :)



When I first looked through The New Abs Diet Cookbook, I was shocked at the amount of desserts that were included and the variety of them. Usually when you're looking through a cookbook with healthy recipes, there are very very few desserts or ones that leave you thinking "how exactly is that a dessert?"

I'm a sucker for cookies so it didn't take long for me to make these.



Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookies
aka Chips Oh Boy! Cookies
Source: The New Abs Diet Cookbook, p. 237
Servings: 36 cookies, PF 3
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Ingredients:
    • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt 
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tsp. vanilla 
    • 12 oz. dark chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat two baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars and beat until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time until fully combined, then add applesauce and vanilla.
4. Slowly add in the flour mixture and once combined, add the chocolate chips and walnuts.
5. Drop tablespoon sized pieces of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

You can't tell these are "healthy" cookies at all. You can't tell that there is whole wheat flour in these at all and the applesauce replacing the oil makes absolutely no different in the texture or taste of these cookies. 

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