Jan 9, 2014

Winter Energy Cookies


It's time for Fill The Cookie Jar January cookies! This month we could choose from the themes "Snowflake, Healthy, or New Year". I chose "Healthy", and I'm really happy with these Winter Energy Cookies.

These are hearty little cookies that give you a bit of fiber, protein, and some healthy fat. They have a warm, comforting flavor that may remind you of a cross between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a bite of soft granola. With the oats, whole wheat flour, and wheat germ, they take a while to eat; I liked that I couldn't just pop one in my mouth, one right after the other.


These are not ooey-gooey or decadent or overly sweet, and they're not meant to be. Winter Energy Cookies are tasty, filling and satisfying, and may be just what you need to give yourself or your kids a healthy treat.




Winter Energy Cookies Printable Recipe

Makes 24, 2.5" cookies

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey 
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rolled ("old fashioned") oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Combine the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. Set aside.


2. In another large bowl, cream together the coconut oil, butter, brown sugar, honey, and peanut butter until very smooth. Blend in the egg and vanilla.

3. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until well-combined. Stir in the oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and nuts. The batter is very thick at this point and will give your arms a healthy workout. ;)

4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using an 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) scoop, shape chilled dough into balls and flatten slightly. Bake on prepared cookie sheets for 10 to 11 minutes, until cookies are just barely starting to brown. They will be soft to the touch. Do not over-bake. Cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

Store at room temperature in an airtight container. These are actually better the next day, and keep well for several days.






Last month, I filled the cookie jar with Classic Coconut Macaroons.


Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

Energy Cookies may have been take to some of these great parties!

If you'd like to bake with the Fill The Cookie Jar group, please contact our fearless leader, Cynthia, at Feeding Big.







82 comments:

  1. Those sound really good, Joy! Anytime you can combine "cookie" with "good for you" ingredients, it is a win. I loved how you said that "they take a while to eat; I liked that I couldn't just pop one in my mouth, one right after the other." Isn't that the truth about wanting to keep popping cookies in our mouths once we get started!

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    1. It's certainly true for me! :) I felt kind of funny writing about it like that, but it really was something I liked about these. They require a little mindfulness and chewing- again, a good thing. I'm so glad you came by, Linda- thank you!

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  2. These look so good! Now all I need is the energy to make them!
    Jenna

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    1. I hadn't thought of that, Jenna! Maybe I should send a couple over to get you started? ;) Thanks for the smile this morning! :)

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  3. Joy these are great and won't hurt my new healthy lifestyle. I will have to pin these for later.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! Having these for a snack made me feel pretty good about what I was eating. I looove your date coconut cookies!

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  4. I've been pinning..Have a great day!

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    1. Lynn, thank you for stopping by, and for pinning! You are a bona-fide bright spot in my day. :)

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  5. Hi Joy, Seems as though after the holidays we are looking for more healthy treats. This recipe sounds delicious. I haven't tried using coconut oil in my cookies yet, I'm going to try it.

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    1. Joanne, I thought the coconut oil did just fine. I think I would like to experiment with using all coconut oil, but use the unprocessed coconut oil that still has the aroma and flavor to it. I'm thinking that might be pretty awesome. ;) Thank you for coming by, and for sharing your pretty Walnut and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies! :)

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  6. Oh WOW! These look like a perfect fit for our lunchboxes. Can't wait to make em!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them, LB! If you make them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Like you said on your (amazing) Elvis Bread, don't overcook 'em! ;) Thank you for the visit!

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  7. Joy, I see our minds were on similar paths for this month! I do love everything you packed into your healthy cookie! I wish I would have thought to add some peanut butter to mine! In hopes of keeping our "healthy" cookies going for a while, your Winter Energy Cookies are up next on my baking list!

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    1. Yes, we love that dark chocolate, oats, and honey! ;) If you try these, I hope you like them as much as we do! Hope you are staying warm! :)

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  8. Joy these sound wonderful... and I like the addition of the wheat germ. Great cookie for this month's theme

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    1. Thank you, Marlys- I loved your granola cookies, too! Great theme this month! :)

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  9. Yum! My go-to recipe when I splurge and bake cookies is pretty similar but my kids don't love the texture. I'll have to give yours a try and see if they like it better.

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    1. I know they must have loved your yummy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies! Thank you for coming by, and happy weekend! :)

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  10. Yum…these are what I call "the new healthy" cookie. Winter energy is what I need right now…blessings!

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    1. Yes, I feel a little bit like hibernating this time of year! Blessings to you, too, sweet friend! :)

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  11. I just love cooler weather, so I can bake some of your terrific recipes :-) Kinda hard to crank up the oven down here in S GA in the summer time so we grill or fry a lot. I think I need a "Bake Day" then freeze them and eat 'em in the summer time!

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    1. JoAnne, being in Texas, I can sympathize on the hot weather. It IS nice when the temps get low enough to bake! I like your idea of bake-n-freeze!! Brilliant. ♥

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  12. This Winter engery cookies looks delicious Joy, love to try it.

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    1. We really enjoyed them, Swathi- thank you! More pecan recipes for you and I! ;)

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    3. Yes Pecan recipes I love, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  13. These look great and are appropriately named. PINNING. Linda

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    1. Linda, thank you, and thanks for hosting What To Do Weekends- it's always fun! :)

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  14. I am working on cleaning up my blog reader, it is a mess, and I am amazed at all of the stuff I have been missing! Thankfully, I didn't miss these cookies! :) We have new neighbors moving in ..... maybe I should bring them a plate of cookies!! Pinned!!

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    1. Oh, thanks, Jamie! I need to straighten out my blog reader, too- it's needs to be a little more organized. OK, a lot more organized. ;) Thank you for coming by, and for pinninng! Happy Weekend! :)

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    2. Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays, my friend :) Pinned and shared on FB!

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  15. G'day! They looks lovely Joy and love your photos! Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Food Friends Friday Healthy Choices Party!

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    1. Thank you so much, Joanne, and thanks for always being so nice to come by and comment from Foodie Friends Friday! :)

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  16. They definitely look very addictive :)

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    1. We really enjoyed them, Medeja- thank you! :)

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  17. Those look yummy and I need something to satisfy my sweet tooth that won't completely destroy the figure! Thanks Joy!

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    1. I'm the same way- it feels good to eat something a little healthier this time of year! :) Thank you for visiting, Grandma Kc!

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  18. I love cookies like this! Healthy and yummy!
    Pinned!

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    1. Melissa, thank you for coming by, and for pinning! :)

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  19. Hi Joy,
    I just love the combination of ingredients in your Winter Energy Cookies, these look fabulous! Thank you so much for Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much, Miz Helen! I hope you're enjoying this beautiful Sunday! :)

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  20. Love the energy and delicious flavor these cookies pack. Great recipe, can't wait to try!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pamela! If you try them I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! :) Thank you for visiting!

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  21. What could I substitute for the peanut butter? My son is allergic. :) Deb

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    1. Hi, Deb, I’m really not sure...I haven’t tried anything else as a substitution. If he is allergic to peanuts only, could you sub in a different nut butter? I think it fit were me, I would try substituting a very ripe small banana, mashed well. Again, I have not tried this, but it’s something I might try. I was considering adding a mashed banana to these the next time I made them, anyway. :) If you try it, please let us know! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

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  22. I love cookies! I love to bake them and unfortunately eat them. Must try these and I love the cookies for a month!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! If you try them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! You need energy for all that house remodeling you have coming up! :)

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  23. These sound delicious. I am definitely looking for healthier versions of my usual treats and these sound perfect. I chose them for my Foodie Friends Friday host favorite this week, so they will be featured tomorrow on Daily Dish Magazine. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Michelle, thank you very much- I am so happy you liked them! My family and I have really enjoyed them- my husband asked for another batch today. :) I will look (especially) forward to checking out Daily Dish Magazine tomorrow!

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  24. These sound wonderful. We will be trying them!

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  25. Yum! Perfect for a dark dreary cold winter day. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

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  26. Hi Joy! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing these fantastic cookies at Best of the Weekend - I want to try these! Pinned and shared! Hope you have a happy week! xo

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  27. I like the idea of eating cookies with some fiber ..I can pop one in my mouth and assure myself that it is good for me : ) Will have to try these one weekend! :)

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  28. These babies are packed full of good things! Dark chocolate, oats, pecans. With all of the good stuff here I wouldn't even feel guilty about having a couple for breakfast. The AM is when I can use energy the most, after all ;)
    Thank you for sharing, Joy. Hope you have a lovely week.

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  29. Oh, Joy, these look good! I love a cookie you can really sink your teeth into and munch for awhile! The fact that they taste better the next day and are good for several days put them on my "bake soon" list for my son's next college care package. Thanks!
    p.s. I really like your top photo. The background textile has just the right colors to bring out the variations of colors in the cookies. I find brown cookie hard to photograph in an appetizing way. You have captured delicious! :)

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    1. Wendy, I hadn't thought of it, but these really would be good cookies for mailing! If you send some to your son, I hope he enjoys them. Your comment about my photo just made my day- thank you so much!

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  30. Joy these look great! I love all the goodness that is packed into them :-) I will be pinning this and making them tomorrow! :-)
    Cathy
    www.threekidsandafish.com

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  31. Joy, these sound like my kind of cookies! I usually cut the sugar way back on most cookie recipes, so one that starts out healthy sounds fabulous!
    Stopping by from Sweet Tea Social- have a great week!

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  32. These sound wonderful! I'm pinning them now and vow not to let them languish on the board...I'll be baking these!

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    1. Lorinda, thank you for pinning! If you try them, I hope you love them as much as we do! Thanks for the visit! :)

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  33. This look so hearty and delicious. Thanks for sharing them over at the Tips and Tricks link party.

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  34. These look amazing Joy! Pinning these to make for the kids as an afternoon snack!

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    1. Serena, thank you- I hope they like them as much as we do. Hope you’re having a great week!

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  35. A healthy cookie sounds like a perfect combination! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  36. Wow, Joy. These looks scrumptious. I never would have thought to combine all these ingredients. I don't think I will share these with the kids, they are all for me! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    1. You know I love Snickerdoodle Sunday! Thank you for stopping by, and Happy Friday to you! ♥

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  37. These cookies look and sound delicious! I love that they are not loaded with sugar! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  38. I could sure use this energy pick me up right now!!
    Hugs

    Pinning!!

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    1. Thank you, Evelyn, and thanks for pinning! Hugs right back to you! :)

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    1. Thank you for coming by, and for pinning, Danielle! ♥

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  40. These would be filling and delicious! I love your site! Thanks for posting on the Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

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  41. Oh my gosh, these cookies must be made! I'm not much of a baker but I'm making these this weekend. The ingredients look perfect. Thanks, Joy. Visiting from Pieced Pastimes - very happy to have found your blog.

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    1. Robyn, I am so happy you stopped by from Pieced Pastimes- thank you! If you make the cookies, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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  42. Hi Joy, these look both hearty and healthy. Yum! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  43. This sounds like a recipe I need to try! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!!
    ~ Betsy from Romance on a dime

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  44. You know me and cookies darlin'! These look great. Healthy and satisfying. Love the cute snowflakes :)

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  45. Thanks for sharing this on Real Food Fridays, nice to see new blogs on the link up. Pinning to my healthy eating board, join us again tonight.

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  46. These sound wonderful Joy - I am definitely going to try them. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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    1. We really enjoy them, Victoria! Thank you for coming by and for hosting PoCoLo! :)

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