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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blendtec Blender Cookies

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I never, every thought that you could make cookies in a blender. The very idea goes against everything that I've ever known about baking, along with idea of making brownies in it. So weird, but at the same time, it works, right?

These cookies are a little healthier than what I usually make, with the addition of whole oats, flax, and whole wheat flour. It does make for a cookie that is a little drier, maybe a bit more crumbly. The original recipe calls for white whole wheat flour, which I've never found at the store here, so I substituted half whole wheat and half unbleached white. You can experiment with it a little more if you like, or if you can find the white whole wheat, use that. Normally, I almost never would recommend that you reduce to the chocolate chips but in this recipe, I will. The batter just couldn't hold that amount of chocolate and I had about 1/4 cup of chips left over.

These are really fantastic cookies though, and just the right size for a lunchbox. We really enjoyed them and the best part is that it freed up my mixer for other pursuits!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup rolled oats
2 Tbsp flaxseeds
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Blending oats for cookies

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 F.

First, blend together the oats and flax at speed 3 for about 25 seconds. The oats will become pulverized into a flour-like mixture. The flax will mostly stay whole, which adds a little texture to the finished cookie. Give the mixture a stir and then add flours, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Pulse it a couple times to whiz it up a little.

Dump the works out into a large mixing bowl.

blender cookies

Put the jar back on the base and add the oil, softened butter, egg, sugars, and vanilla. Put on the lid and select "batters". Now, what I find confusing is that my machine doesn't have a batters function, but if you look in the manual it will tell you approximately what speed and for how many seconds each blend cycle is, so you can try to replicate it. I have done that with success. I basically just use the pulse function to do that. If you don't have a Blendtec and want to try this, I'd say that you need to blend it until everything is well incorporated, especially the butter.

dough

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.

Spoon out by tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes until set, and then transfer to a rack to cool. The cookies can last for about 3 days in an airtight container on your counter, or you can freeze them.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies

 Disclosure: I was very generously sent a Blendtec Blender to review. I was not compensated in any other way to post. This recipe is adapted from the book that came with my blender.


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