Salted Choco Chip Cookies

I have, for as long as I can remember, related to Cookie Monster on a deep spiritual level. I too, my blue muppet friend, have a thing for cookies. And by thing, clearly I mean THANG. It may seem strange for someone who bakes as often as I do to say that I almost never make cookies, but I don’t. Why? I WILL EAT THEM ALL. I have ZERO chill around cookies and if I had cheek pockets I would unabashedly use them to store more cookies. #actualchipmunk

I’m not even sure what sparked the need to make cookies. It’s not Christmastime. These are not the kind of cookies you use to make ice cream sandwiches (which are 100% happening this summer … I really need to make something healthy, it’s been not stop desserts over here for weeks now #sorrynotsorry … but here’s a perfect summer salad if you’re feeling a bit guilty).

I had a passing fancy about adding protein powder to cookies. Would it work? Would they taste like a cookie and NOT protein powder – because when I want a cookie I WANT A COOKIE. There are certainly ways to make these cookies healthier, but then you kind of remove all the things that make cookies good: i.e. – sugar and fat.

Thus commenced Operation Make Cookies with Protein Powder, Not a Protein Cookie or OMPPNPC for short. And since I was making a COOKIE I went a bit nutty and added oats, malted milk, and coconut for good measure, because why not? The result is a perfectly salty-sweet, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside cookie.

Sidebar: SPIDER-MAN IS OUT AND OMG COULD YOU ALL STOP WITH THE SPOILERS?! I ran afoul of an end credit spoiler on Instagram and a friend of mine ran across one in the body of a tweet that linked to an article (the movie had been out under 24 hours at that point … NOT COOL PEOPLE, NOT COOL). I haven’t made it to the theater yet – it’s on my list this week. I’ve been waiting for this version of Peter Parker / Spider-Man since that first trailer dropped (and I’ll admit … when they announced they were DOING yet another Spider-Man I was NOT happy but that first trailer changed my mind). Tom Holland seems like he, unlike the other portrayals, embodies BOTH Peter and Spidey (which as we’ve seen over the course of the winding movie franchise can be hard to do).

Salted Choco Chip Cookies

Ingredients:711l523863102_ec9365a685_b

1 stick butter, room temp
6 TBSP light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
8 TBSP vanilla protein powder (I used Recover Whey Protein from Gatorade)
1 TBSP malted milk
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
2 TBSP shredded coconut
1 cup flour
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (dark chocolate would be BOMB as well)
fleur de sel for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Using the paddle attachment cream the butter and BOTH sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Mix in vanilla.

Slowly add in protein powder, mixing until completely combined. Add in malted milk, coconut, and oats mixing to combine.

Slowly add in flour mixture until completely combined.

Using a spatula stir in chocolate chips.

Now, I doubled up on a #100 scoop to shape my cookie balls – but you’re looking for cocktail meatball sized cookies. So scoop ‘em or eyeball ‘em, but roll yourself dough balls.

Space out on baking sheet so there’s two inches between balls. Sprinkle a pinch of fleur de sel over the top of the cookies for a delicious added bonus of yum.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool on baking tray for five minutes before removing to a rack.

Have you ever tried to make your desserts healthier? How did it go?

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