In the words of one famous (at least among the toddler crowd) googly-eyed blue monster, “C is for Cookie…” but rarely is that good enough for me. I tend to cringe at snack time when, before I can offer fruit or yogurt, Lilly helpfully suggests… “A cookie??” In all fairness, Lilly is just as likely to request fruit or a homemade popsicle or even some steamed edamame. Even so, I find that one of the most tiring parts of parenthood is looking into the eyes of a hopeful child and, once again, like a broken record, for the millionth time tell them “no.” Sometimes it’s just easier, not to mention a whole lot more fun, to say “yes.” This recipe resulted directly from my need to balance being the responsible, health-conscious parent that I am most of the time with the fun-and-carefree mom that I long to be.
These cookies are a “yes” for everyone. Whole wheat flour replaces white and Greek yogurt subs in for a portion of the butter. Dark chocolate, dried cherries and walnuts provide additional nutritional punch. Meanwhile, it’s all baked up into a familiar, crunchy, chewy cookie shape that makes for an easy win with kids.
These would make a nice portable treat to throw in a lunchbox or pair with a glass of cold milk and some apple slices for a perfect after-school snack. Hopefully they’ll make for a sometimes snack that Cookie Monsters and Nutrition Momsters can both agree on.