Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cookies for Breakfast??

So, there was nothing on t.v. the other night and I ran across sneaky television. It was one recipe after another of the sneaky chef. I don't own her book, but do own Deceptively Delicious, which I later found out was a copy cat version of The Sneaky Chef. Anyway, haven't really cooked from the cookbook, but I was intrigued with a Sneaky Chef recipe I saw her make on television the other night. So while I was at the store, I picked up a few extra ingredients and made the cookies last night. Guess what the kids had for breakfast?? COOKIES!! And they loved them. They each ate four cookies and begged for me to make them again. A few of you asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Makes 16 to 18 large cookies
Nutrition Highlights: whole grains, calcium, and protein. Rich in vitamins B and E, iron, potassium, folic acid, calcium, tryptophan, protein, and fiber.

2 cups whole grain cereal flakes (such as Wheaties or Total)
3/4 cup Flour Blend (equal parts whole wheat flour, white flour, and wheat germ)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Cinnamon sugar for dusting (I used sugar crystals and cinnamon for some crunch)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with oil).

2. Using a rolling pin, gently crush the cereal (in a sealed plastic bag) into coarsely crushed flakes. Alternatively, you can quickly pulse the cereal in a food processor.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together Flour Blend, crushed cereal, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, oil, vanilla, and ricotta cheese. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just enough to moisten dry ingredients. Drop single tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about an inch between cookies. Flatten cookies with the back of a fork and then sprinkle tops generously with cinnamon sugar (or just sugar if your kids don't like the cinnamon flavor). Bake about 18 to 20 minutes, or until nicely browned and crispy around the edges.


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