Saturday, March 6, 2010

Good for yah cookies!

Okay so maybe they are really not good for you but they do have enough healthy qualities to fool you into cookie submission and total abandonment of your disciplined senses. Really, these are quite an amazing cookie!

I orginally found the cookie on Chowhound, it's called Gross Anatomy Cookie. The author writes that after smelling the formaldehyde for quite some time, you get the muchies... You can read her complete story here. That caught my eye. Not for the cookie but because I hae been around cadavors and the smell of formaldehyde. And really this is as fine excuse as any to eat cookies.

No, I haven't gone off my rocker. I was around cadavors when going to college. I did look at their bodies inside and out. Simply amazing. The human body is just a magnificent machine. After working as a nurses aide and in hospitals and then later as a social worker in hospitals, you get this detachment thing going. I think you have to as a matter of survival- emotionally. Of course somebody always breaks through those barriers and reminds you as much as you want to deny or distract yourself from the cold realities of sickness and death, it does lurk near to you, like it or not. A patient comes along and rocks you to your core. You are reminded of being human. You cry. You feel for them. You can't do this for every one you see because you would lose your mind. Of course you have empathy and compassion because you are a humanitarian if you work in human services, but you don't take things down to a personal level where it touches your very core. At least not for the most part.

But I digress. I am just going to call these cookies 'Your a Damn Fool Cookie'. One because you are a fool if you think you can stop at one. Two, because you can fool yourself with these cookies thinking they are totally healthy. I changed things up a bit as I had run out of butter for some strange reason and subsituted with Earth Balance for four ounces of this recipe. I had to up the flour content because the dough seemed a bit loose. Of course you don't have to do that- you can just use two sticks of butter instead and then decrease the flour content a bit.

'Your a Damn Fool Cookie'

1 stick butter
4 ounces Earth Balance Butter
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 cup toasted wheat germ
2 c oats
1 c chocolate chips

In a large bowl or a stand mixer cream butter and sugars. Add eggs. In a sperate bowl combine dry ingredients adding them to the butter and sugar mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a cooling rack.


Joie de vivre said...

I haven't heard of Earth's Balance Butter before, how does it differ from butter?

These sound really hearty and heart warming. Yummy.

HoneyB said...

cookies sound good...but honestly, I get squeamish at anything that seems medical...I have all kinds of compassion and respect for human beings however, but I could have never been in the medical field! All the power to those who can be and I'm glad there are those who are!

ellie said...

Ha maybe this explains both my parents desire for cookies- although it's been a long while since thier training, maybe they are just catching up as any that i make of late don't last long!

These look really yummy, i wonder what adding some dried fruit or museli in to split with the oats what do?

Chow and Chatter said...

oh you can't beat a good cookie looks great

grace said...

apt name for these cookies, lori. thankfully, my experience with cadavers was limited to two class periods of biochemistry in college--that was enough for me!

kat said...

There does sound like there is a lot of good stuff in those, hidden by the tasty stuff

Lori said...

Joie de Vivre- It is an all natural, organic, healthy alternative to butter. It does not differ calorie wise to butter but it is rich in Omega 3.

Ellie- I bet it would be fantastic. Let me know if you make it! I would love to check them out.

Katy ~ said...

Well, I don't work with cadavers, but I do read medical charts all day long, maybe that explains my love affair with cookies? Love cookies!! These sound good, especially with the addition of oats. YUM

Ingrid said...

LOL, you're hilarious. Could there have been two more totally unrelated topics talked about in that post? :)

Btw, I'm glad to hear you got your pan. Did she send you pie filling as well? What flavor?

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I have to say that I like it when you 'digress'. I always enjoy reading the non-cooking parts of your posts. :)