I like making cookies, but most of the best recipes require 2 sticks of butter. I can't bring myself to make anything with that much butter. Can anyone share recipes of good cookies with a more healthy level of butter included?
But how many cookies does that recipe yield? I made a batch of cookies with 2 sticks of butter and I came out with 4 dozen cookies. Some quick math shows that each cookie would only have .16 ounces of butter in it. So as long as you don't eat all 4 dozen cookies in one sitting, you're going to be fine.
These cookies by Dorie Greenspan are a favorite in my house. Called "TV snacks", they are made of almonds, sugar, flour and 7 T butter. I wouldn't call these healthy, but the butter quantity is not outrageous. They make 50 little cookies. A perfect little sweet snack.
Another tasty cookie with no butter is from David Lebovitz's book. These are crisp and meringue-like cookies, called croquants.
These chocolate crinkles also have no butter. But they do have oil, eggs, sugar, and chocolate.
Hope this helps!
Jill (from the CHOW.com Kitchen)
re: jerseycity chef
I don't know if cookies with all that sugar and flour are ever healthy but there are some that aren't as bad as others. I like this 3 ingredient pb cookies recipe and it's so much better than you think it could be--my kids call it pb candy (maybe because I find a way to get chocolate in it).
re: jerseycity chef
Canyon Ranch's Legendary Chocolate Chip Cookies - These are a little soft but very good (IMO) for low fat cookies.
Flourless Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies - No butter, but A LOT of chocolate. ;-
Vegan Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
The next 3 recipes are from "One Smart Cookie: All Your Favourite Cookies, Squares, Brownies and Biscotti... with less fat !", by Julie Van Rosendaal which is a great resource for lower fat but still yummy cookies.
Cinnamon Applesauce Cookies
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Spiced Zucchini Bars With Cranberries and Pecans
And there are Jessica Seinfeld's Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies. I haven't tried these.
If you simply want to avoid butter (not all fats), there are many great nut cookies out there (like the biscotti and walnut meringues). You can also make cookies with olive oil.