Ok, I’m a dork and I love alliterations, but these seedy sweets are called “Benefit Cookies” from my Auntie Geralyn. She hides them in her freezer, but my mom found the secret stash and the two of us try to sneak one or two whenever we’re over. These cookies are called “super” because they are so delicious, but they are also made with super food ingredients like Chia Seeds. They are quick and easy to make, healthy, and sure to please!
Baking is not always the smoothest process. Difficulties in the kitchen are prone to happen; you may run out of an ingredient or realize you don’t have one altogether in the middle of preparing a recipe, you could brake a glass, or burn yourself…anything could happen. When making this recipe, I had a personal disaster in the very beginning. I knocked the mixer into gear while trying to pour the butter into the mixing bowl (the first step) and instantly broke the bowl, jammed my finger, and started crying. It’s a funny scene, I know. However, it was not funny to have to start all over and clean out the bowl, dumping the butter down the drain to make sure no glass fell into the mixing bowl. After getting upset, I put the cookies on hold and decided to retreat to my room with a good book. When I felt relaxed and composed again, I returned to the kitchen to start over. My advice to bakers everywhere is to let the difficulties roll right off you and to stay peaceful. Don’t let anything ruin your experience in the kitchen: just smile, take a break if you need it, and enjoy the act of baking. Put on music you love, music that makes you happy – I like to listen to John Mayer Radio or Tracy Chapman Radio on Pandora. And always taste your dough, and taste the finished product. Appreciate what you’ve created and share it with others. Spread the sweet happiness of cookies, muffins, banana bread, cupcakes, chocolates, and everything else.
“Benefit Cookie Recipe”
Time: 40 minutes
Serves: approximately 65-70 cookies depending on the size
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 cup plus 1 tbsp coconut oil (or 2 sticks of butter)
1 cup brown sugar (or ¾ cups of agave nectar)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups of flour
½ cups of flax meal
1 cups of Chia Seeds
½ cups of sesame seeds (optional – I had a little over 1/4 a cup and I used it – the more seeds, the better)
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons of baking soda
3 cups Oatmeal
semi-sweet chocolate chips (or mini semi-sweet choc. chips)
1) In a large mixing bowl, beat coconut oil (or butter) and sugar (or agave nectar).
2) Add eggs and vanilla and beat into mixture.
3) In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients – flour, flax, chia seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, salt, baking soda, and oatmeal. Add this combination of dry ingredients slowly, in portions to the wet ingredients in your mixing bowl.
4) Mix in about 1/2 a cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or leave this out if you want healthier, less sweet cookies).
5) Drop teaspoon sized balls onto buttered or Pam-sprayed cookie sheets. Top each little cookie with 2-4 chocolate chips by pressing the chips in. I made my cookies bite-sized so I only pressed one or two chocolate chips into them, but I did mix mini choc. chips into the dough so that they would be deliciously sweet. (Side-note: I used a cookie scoop tool that costs $2.68 online here and it made perfect small, round cookies, but using two small spoons or your hands works just as well)
6) Bake in the oven for about 6 or 7 minutes – the cookies will start to look brown around the edges and that is when you know they are ready and finished. Pull them out of the oven and use a spatula to remove them from the pan and place them on a cooling rack.
7) Let the cookies cool completely. Place them covered on a plate for your kitchen counter, or fill a Tupperware box with them and stick them in the freezer. I love the way my aunt keeps them in the freezer and eats them for breakfast with coffee. This is my favorite way to enjoy them, too. Freezing guarantees freshness, so even if you leave the cookies out for a couple days, it’s smart to freeze any that are left.
8) Last step, bite into your yummy cookies and watch the smile form on someone’s face when they bite into one. Savor the success of great baking.
Spread the sweetness and bon appetite,