Stacy Ballis’s new book, Recipe For Disaster, debuted this week, and I’ve been in eager anticipation of its arrival for months. Stacy’s novels are some of my most loved reading for a number of reasons. First, they always involve food, and in each story, food is almost a character unto itself, lightning every key moment in the prose. And secondly, I find her work deeply relatable, with a strong but very human female central character that is always child-free and highly dynamic.
To celebrate the release of Stacey’s latest work – and I’m always looking for a good reason to celebrate! – I immediately referred to her e-cookbook. Big Delicious Life: Stacey Ballis’s Most Awesome Recipes was published in October of last year and is a culmination of all the recipes that appear in her many works. I have so many favorites in this recipe collection, and one of my go-to recipes is Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies. If Big Delicious Life was laying on my kitchen counter in print form, the page with the recipe for these cookies would, no doubt, be heavily stained and barely legible.
These cookies were served up in her novel, Good Enough To Eat, and the first I’d read of her prose. So, it only seemed appropriate that I whip up a batch of these cookies in my personal celebration of the debut of her newest title.
I’m a big fan of these cookies because they incorporate healthier ingredients while still being flavorful and delicious. Whole wheat flour adds some whole grain to these chocolatey cookies, and the recipe only invoices one half cup of light brown sugar. None of the white stuff and no copious amounts.
Of course, like with all recipes, I am compelled to add my own touch. While I’ve posted the original recipe here, I tweaked it a bit for my cookies. I used egg white versus egg, 1% chocolate milk instead of skim milk, and nixed the rolled oats. However, I’ve baked these cookies completely in line with the recipe and found them delectable. And the “healthy” elements don’t detract from that classic chocolate chip cookie taste we all know, love, and leave for Santa.
Speaking of Santa, one of the other recipes in Stacy’s e-bookbook, Holiday Chocolate Loaf Cake, has become a holiday staple at my house. I can’t describe how exceptional this cake is – moist, dense, perfect. In short, everyone needs her e-cookbook. And I hope you, too, are enjoying her newest release, Recipe For Disaster.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe from Big Delicious Life: Stacey Ballis’s Most Awesome Recipes
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 5 ounces dark chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients with a whisk to combine. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and milk, and combine well. Mix in dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips and oats. Drop rounded teaspoons on greased cookie sheets, and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until browned around the edges.