Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The $35,000 Recipe

My little 2 of 3, the pickiest of picky eaters, LOVED these cookies!  She couldn't get enough.  So she got her own little video to prove her love.  

I graduated from Baylor University many years ago with a Bachelor of Science.  My major was dietetics/nutrition.  And all I have to show for money spent on the tuition is a few modified recipes.  They are quite yummy and healthy so I guess that part is good!

So here's today's $35,000 recipe.

Butternut Squash Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 butter nut squash baked and then skin removed (pumpkin can be substituted too)
1 large egg
1/2 cup vanilla coconut yogurt 
1/4 honey 
1/4 molasses
6 tablespoons applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 cups unbleached flour 
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Use a mixer or place in blender butternut squash, egg, yogurt, honey, molasses, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder.  I used the Vitamix to blend together until smooth.  Add the flour and stir just until it is mixed in, then stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a very generously rounded tablespoon measure, drop onto parchment lined cookie sheets spacing about 2 inches apart (cookies shouldn’t spread much). Bake at 375º for 13 to 15 minutes.

Remove from tray and let cool.

Makes about 18 cookies

Natalie's Note:  I find if I bake all of the cookies at once, they are eaten at once.  Really, they are gone almost before they are cooled.  So today I made 7 cookies and froze the rest.  My thinking on the 7 was that my husband and I could have 2 and the kids could each have one.  It didn't work out so well for us.  The girls ate 2 and the adults and baby had one.  I froze the rest of the batter in balls.  I had to put the entire bowl in the freezer so the dough was hard enough to make balls.  Then I let the balls freeze and transferred them to a freezer bag.  Now I'm making a few hot cookies for my husband and myself.  We were robbed earlier!!!  FYI there is a serious increase in cooking time when cooking frozen ball batter!


  1. Oh man, those look seriously yummy!

  2. Thanks Holly Ann! I am just about to take 4 cookies out of the oven. We are all anxiously awaiting there arrival!!! Yummy.

  3. Ohmygoodness! these look fantastic! I love the idea of having squash in them. I hope my little picky eater likes them.

    new follower :)

  4. oohh! I love sneaky veggies! and in cookies?! Even better!