Something about Fall makes me want to bake. I am not sure why but even when I was a pastry chef this time of year was the most inspiring for me. Of course now visions of pumpkin breads and apple pies and hearty muffins are dancing in your head, mine too. I am in a bit of a pickle however because my fiance Anthony dislikes all things above mentioned and would take Dulce de Leche ice cream and chocolate chip cookies over just about anything and everything baked (besides bread of course for which he would trade me). Admittedly addicted to sugar, I clearly cannot be trusted around copious amounts of baked goods, especially during times of stress (not sure if you heard but we have just moved and this qualifies as times of stress!). So I decide to create something not as festive as pumpkin delisciousness but something that Ant would eat also. I make a healthier version of chocolate chip cookies to minimize the guilt (why guilt is associated with with treating yourself I will never understand), and to up my nutritional intake when I decide to eat 5 in one sitting. Good plan right?
I add ground organic oats to up the omega 3 anti and whole wheat flour for iron, fiber and a nutty flavor. Whole wheat flour will spoil sooner than the processed white stuff so I keep it in the freezer for longer storage times.
Butter at room temp is best. I cut the sugar down quite a bit to keep my teeth intact and my heart from palpitating. Using organic sugar and is important as sugar is a heavily pesticided crop. There isn't enough space here to talk about what inorganic dairy is all about but the butter is only 1/4 cup so if you want you can get away with conventional.
A Silpat is a silicon baking pan liner that is washable and absolutely divine! If you ever bake you should treat yourself. You can get the knock off versions at places like Ross and Marshall's for pretty cheap. No sticking and you do not have to waste parchment paper. I use a handy scoop too but you can use your hands...then you get to like you fingers...clearly the better option.