I’ve been in the same book club for nearly a decade! Hard to believe, since it seems like just yesterday that around 15 of us gathered in my good friend, Andrea‘s living room. Time commitments and expanding families caused the group to fluctuate in members in those first few years. Since then, it has consistently been 6 of us who meet around every 2 months. It’s perfect, because we each only host once per year.
We always have plenty of good food.
Plenty of good conversation.
We try to discuss the book at some point during the night!
There’s been many changes in our lives over the years: new jobs, weddings, new homes, babies.
A couple of years ago, we decided to have an annual cookie exchange each December. Each lady bakes up bunch of cookies. The host provides cute cookie tins. We each go home with 6 dozen different types of cookies.
Last year, our sweet Clarine offered up her professional kitchen (she used to have a cookie business- currently on hold while she raises her 3 little boys). We got to bake our cookies together with ample professional grade ovens to use. So fun!
We all went home with freshly baked cookies.
Well, this year I wanted to try out a healthier recipe. I was a little nervous bringing it to a cookie exchange but these ladies are all health conscious and nonjudgmental. To make things easier, we all prepared our dough at home then brought it to the kitchen to bake.
I printed out the recipe for these “Decadent Dark Chocolate Delights” to give everyone.
Then mixed up the ingredients at home with my little helper.
With ingredients like rolled oats (no flour), unsweetened cocoa powder, and greek yogurt…these are a healthier option that most other holiday cookies. They are high in fiber, protein and gluten-free. I love the sweet-tart flavor combination of the dark chocolate and dried cranberries. Cranberries retain nearly the same amount of antioxidants as fresh after they have been dried. However, if you’re not a fan of cranberries- feel free to swap out for any other dried fruit (cherries would be great also) or they would be delish without the fruit if you like. This is a cookie that you could really make your own favorite version of by mixing and matching different add-ins to.
Just a side note, that this dough is not your typical sticky cookie dough you can shape with your hands. Its ooey-gooey and your cookies aren’t going to to be perfectly uniform looking.
Yet, they bake up nice and normal looking. Be sure to take them out of the oven when they are still a little jiggly in the middle. They will firm up as they cool and be the perfect texture.
Luckily, they passed the cookie exchange taste test!
Give this recipe a try for your next cookie exchange , book club, or for no occasion whatsoever. They would be delicious with our Healthier Hot Cocoa. This recipe yields between 1.5 and 2 dozen cookies, depending on how big you decide to make them.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy holiday!
Decadent Dark Chocolate Delights
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs canola oil
- 3 tbs pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone non-stick liner
Mix all dry ingredients together
In separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients
Combine both sets of ingredients and mix thoroughly
portion out dough onto baking sheet, will be thinner consistency than usual cookie dough. use spoon to portion out cookies.
bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Take out when middle still slightly soft- will firm up as cools
If you are not a fan of cranberries- you can substitute with dried cherries or golden raisins. These would be delicious even without the dried fruit. Have fun making your favorite version!