The other day I tried a recipe for a yogurt dough that turned out really great. Flakey and buttery like crescent rolls but with only 4 real healthy ingredients. It was awesome and made me wonder what else I could make with yogurt. So I bring you….
Almost Healthy Jam Cookies
Ingredients (a few more than 4 this time)
1 cup of oats (soaked in 1 cup of water and a squirt of lemon juice)
3 cups of whole white wheat flour
1 cup plain yogurt
1 stick of butter, softened (butter is healthier than you are led to believe, do your research)
1 teaspoon vanilla (the real stuff)
1 /2 cup maple syrup (again, the real stuff)
1/2 cup evaporated cane juice
Jam of your favorite variety
Step 1: mix everything together in a bowl. Yogurt doughs take a little bit more muscle to get mixed but don’t worry it will work. *Note if you want to soak your oats / flour before making the cookies than mix the flour, oats and yogurt together. Leave it to soak on the counter for 12-24 hours and then add the rest of the ingredients and continue with the rest of the steps. (Soaking your oats / flour is another great way to make these cookies healthy!)
Step 2: scoop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto cookie sheets (this batch made around 34 cookies). They don’t spread a lot so they can be pretty close together.
Step 3: use the back of a spoon to create a small indent in the top of the cookie
Step 4: fill the indent with your choice of jam. I used orange rhubarb marmalade that a friend made for us. Do your best to find an “all fruit” type of jam that doesn’t contain crazy amounts of sugar and other junk. Remember, these are supposed to be “almost healthy” cookies.
Step 5: bake at 350 for around 15 minutes. They should be a golden color when they are done (probably lighter if you use all purpose flour).
Step 6: cool and EAT!
I mostly invented this recipe based on some “normal” jam cookie recipes. I wanted to use the yogurt and keep the ingredients real and natural. I know that there are some folks out there that will think that butter and maple syrup aren’t healthy but my goals are to eat and serve real natural food. We don’t do artificial / refined sweeteners and we prefer the whole wheat flour.
So…What do you think?