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Healthier Walnut Refrigerator Cookies {vegan, whole grain, egg free}

9 Jun

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Walnut Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Do you remember those “refrigerator cookies” your grandma used to make? They weren’t exactly pretty, or terribly interesting as far as cookies are concerned, yet they tasted SO GOOD. My grandma packed hers with chopped walnuts, they were scented with vanilla extract, and they had the lightest brown color to them. She usually kept a tin of these cookies stocked in her fridge for when we stopped by to visit. But that’s not why they’re called refrigerator cookies – the dough for these bad boys needs to set up in the fridge like most other slice and bake cookies require.

The traditional recipe is unfortunately made up bleached flour, lots of white sugar, and too much butter. The problem here is that I always wanted to eat three, four or even five of these cookies in one sitting…not exactly a healthy choice.

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So, to combat this issue (aka make cookies I could feel better about eating by the half dozen), I swapped out quite a few of the processed ingredients with some purer options. A combination of ground oats and whole wheat flour increase the fiber content dramatically without sacrificing flavor. I reduced the amount of sugar, and used coconut sugar instead of nutrient-void white sugar. And finally, I replaced half of the butter with coconut oil for a nutrition boost. And, of course, I added even more walnuts, the star of the show!! Yep, these treats are filled to the brim with chopped walnuts, providing a nutty flavor, some crunch, and Omega-3 fatty acids the nuts are known for.

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The result is a cookie reminiscent of what grandma used to have waiting for your enjoyment, but with a much healthier profile. Enjoy these for yourself or bake them for a family gathering! They’re sure to please. And, check out the other great walnut recipes that are being posted this week with The Recipe Redux. There’s a link-up at the end of this post containing many delicious recipes!

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Pro tip: serve cookies in cute bowls, rather than on a platter. They’ll look more appealing!

Healthier Walnut Refrigerator Cookies {whole grain, egg free}, adapted from Food.com

Makes 36 cookies (8 servings)

  • 1 C ground oat flour
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter, softened (vegan or otherwise)
  • 1/2 C coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 C finely chopped walnuts (about 2 cups walnut halves)

In a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix well with a wooden spoon or hand mixer.

Mix in the butter, coconut oil, extract and flax egg. Keep mixing until thoroughly combined. Finally, mix in the chopped walnuts.

Lay out three pieces of plastic wrap and form three logs of dough, about 5″ long. Wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350; line two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper.

Slice two logs into 12 pieces each. Lay on the baking sheets with about 1″ between each cookie.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove and let cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough log.

Serve cooled cookies, or store in a cookie tin in the fridge (I enjoy these slightly chilled).

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