Healthier Molasses Crinkles

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I lead 21 Day Clean Eating challenges so sometimes people are surprised that I will post a cookie recipe on my blog! During the 21 day challenge, I recommend no sweets. But in life as a whole, real life, I’ve found a way to have an occasional treat as part of my healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise.
For this recipe, you’ll see I use oil. Most cookies I make now have oil instead of butter. I made the switch years ago when I was trying to cut out saturated fat for Dave’s cholesterol. And I really haven’t gone back to keeping butter around. I used to buy it by the case!
But here is the recipe that many have been clamoring for since I posted a picture on Facebook.  There is a time for cookies. Just don’t eat the whole batch. Plan ahead. I planned for 2 cookies! And I ate them! If you make 48 cookies in this batch, each cookie is 58 Cals and 3 grams of fat.
Almost all of the cookie recipes I make for my family incorporate healthier ingredients; whole grains, oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit. Actually, now I should say, all. The only time I make something like “Monster Cookies,” is when, for instance, a fundraiser event asks me to make that specific cookie. Then, you can be sure I do all of the tips below so that I don’t end up with cookie gut at the end of the day!

So, without further ado.

Molasses Crinkles

They’re thick and chewy with crackled tops. This is the orginal recipe. For my family and even when we sold these at farmer’s market, I used fresh ground whole wheat flour.  I’ve even used spelt flour and ground 7-grain flour successfully in this recipe. But this is the original recipe and you can play with it with your own modifications!

  • 1/2 cup oil (I use Canola)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup unbleached flour  (I recommend Wheat Montana if you can find it)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (I use all whole wheat flour because I grind my own)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • Sugar

Mix oil, sugar, egg, and molasses until fluffy.  Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Chill dough. (Whatever..I never chill the dough! lol) Shape into walnut-size balls. Dip tops in sugar. Place sugar-side up on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, just until set, but not hard.

I copied the recipe pretty much as it is. As noted, I usually use all whole wheat flour. Or I’ll mix flours like spelt, amaranth, etc. It’s really good if you put a little bit of blackstrap molasses in with the regular. I also use a medium cookie scoop, which is why I don’t refrigerate the dough. I scoop it out, roll in sugar and bake.

Enjoy! And if you are trying to lose weight but want to make cookies for your kids, here are a couple tips:

1. Make only the number of cookies that will be eaten at that time and freeze the rest into dough balls to bake later.
2. Just like shopping for groceries, don’t bake cookies when you are hungry.
3. Drink 24 oz. of water before you bake so your body doesn’t trick you into thinking you are hungry.
4. Write down everything you eat, count up the calories in an app like iLoseIt! or myfitnesspal and if you are going to have 2 cookies, make sure they fit in with your calories that day. Plan ahead. Always plan ahead.

Now, when I’m really committed to eating clean, I can bake bread, cookies, other treats for my boys and not touch them. But, if I really want a molasses crinkle, then if I plan for it, drink lots of water ahead of time, get my workout in and even have my shakeology shake, so that I’m not wildly craving sweets, I can savor that treat instead of wolf down half a dozen in an out of control frenzy and wish I hadn’t later.

I’ve been exercising and eating better foods for about 12 years now. And often sabotage comes in a comment from someone like, “oh…Anne…I didn’t think YOU ate cookies.” Or, “Hey…everyone, Anne is eating a piece of cake.” As if it’s a show. I’m a real person and yes, I try to eat clean a lot of the time. I can eat clean for weeks when I set my mind to it, with no sugar at all. But I’m also a real person who loves food. And you can lead a very healthy lifestyle with some treats mixed in. It’s truth. But the key is that I get the bulk of my diet from fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. And I don’t eat sweets like this every day.


Emotional eating…what about that? That’s another blog post!

Live well.

Anne Dovel

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