Friday, May 21, 2010

Cholesterol-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know what your thinking, why would I make cholesterol-free cookies? Well, I have some family in town that I "thought" had to watch their cholesterol, but I was misinformed ;-). Oh well, they are really good anyways!


I wanted to blog these cookies even though they are just plain chocolate chip, I had a hard time finding a cholesterol-free recipe, so now it will be easier for you health conscious foodies!


Cholesterol-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
3 large egg whites
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl and set aside. Beat egg whites until fluffy and set aside. In large bowl combine sugars and blend. Add in margarine and beat till grainy texture, then beat in egg whites, honey, and vanilla until smooth. Add in flour mixture and chocolate chips on low just until combined, do not over beat!

Drop one tablespoon of dough onto lined cookie sheet about one and half inches apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes, dough will not turn brown so just put some trust into the recipe, they'll be done. Immediately transfer cookies to drying rack, I just transferred the parchment paper over it worked great!


I loved that this recipe had honey in it, one thing I learned last year about honey is that it can help with your allergies! I do not have allergies, but down here in Houston the pollen count is so high everyone is sneezing! Honey contains pollen allergens and parts of honeybees; therefore if you buy local honey it will contain the pollen allergens that you are allergic to. This isn't meant as an alternative to allergy therapy, just an interesting fact!


These cookies tasted great, the edges were slightly crispy and the centers were still chewy. I would recommend using a high-quality chocolate as the taste is very prominent in these cookies. The recipe was adapted from the Mrs. Fields Cookie Book. This is the oldest cookbook I own, I got it for my 9th birthday and still love to bake from it.

Speaking of cookbooks, I won a Sweet Kat's Cookbook from the Foodie Blogroll contest that is currently going on! If you want to win her cookbook, there is still one more week to enter, just follow the above link and make a comment. I can't wait to get it, I love new cookbooks, although deciding which of Kat's recipes to make first will be tough!

17 comments:

  1. I think people with cholesterol issues shouldn't be refrain from the goodness of choc chip cookies. You're such a considerate person!
    I'll be baking this version of cookies for my next family gathering. I'm lovin' this recipe. :D

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  2. Nice recipe, but I think that margarine increases the harmful cholesterol in blood, and also decreases the healthy one, may be the butter will be better or just oil!!

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  4. @Emily Thanks so much I hope you enjoy them too!
    @Food Lover You are correct! Some margarines contain trans fats which are bad for your cholesterol. I used Smart Balance which contains no hydrogenated oils or trans fatty acids; therefore, it is a great substitute for butter. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  5. The recipe is perfect for me, well done!

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  6. Good looking cookies! Who doesn't love chocolate chip?
    I hope you enjoy the cookbook! I am sure you will find some yummy gems there!

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  7. Cholesterol free cookies...that is great! They look yummy.

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  8. These look good. And congratulations on your win of my cookbook. I will be mailing it to you this week. Thanks so much.
    http://sweetkatskitchen.blogspot.com/

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  9. YUM! A lot of my family members have health issues and this seems like a great recipe to try for them. Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Wow. Health never looked so good.

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  11. These cookies look delicious. I applaud your making some nips and tucks in a cookie fave to make it a bit more healthy (but still good). I have a Healthier Oatmeal Cookie that does that, too. Also glad to hear your comment on the Smart Balance. Thank you!

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  12. A lot of folks do indeed think that chocolate has cholesterol but really unless it has added fats it is very healthy in moderation. Good job substituting the egg whites. I use egg beater in all of my cooking and baking since heart problems run in my family.

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  13. They turned out excellent for being cholesterol free! They look totally delicious!

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  14. looking threw ur past recipes as i poped on over after seeing ur valentine fudge pops featured on foodblogs :) these are a good idea but i also feel that the marg would take the healthy out of these cookies i would omit the the marg for sugar free apple sauce :) or half and half with flaxseed meal as that always adds moisture to any baked goods :) great idea tho! This would be perfect for my mum! For my own ones id use dark choc chips lol just cuz i prefer dark over any other kind of choccy!

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  16. Most lay people are misinformed about the source of cholesterol. Did you know that the majority of elevated cholesterol comes from overeating, not exercising and consuming too much sugar? It's true, as I'm a Cardiology provider and it makes me cringe when people think that excess cholesterol in one's blood comes from eggs. Just thought people might find this information useful.

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  17. Your Chocolate chip cooker recipe when I printed it was not even readable. Way too light.

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