Confessions of a Healthy Food Blogger

August 27, 2011 at 9:00 am 6 comments

Everyone gather close… I have a secret to share. Is everyone ready? Do you promise not to tell? My confession…


Not everything I cook and eat is healthy.


Well, that feels better. Now, it may come as a shock. I know my friends and family are always surprised when I grab another slice of pizza or agree to share a less-than-healthy appetizer. They always question any baked good I share with “what did you hide in there this time?” But, be real with me here, sometimes you just want the real deal. And sometimes that means cookies with only two redeeming features – butter and sugar. I only do this when I have unsuspecting friends to unload them on, or else I could sit there and eat the whole batch. But I guess that makes another point, that a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. It is unrealistic to think that you will begin a diet tomorrow in which you will never again touch sugar or fat or carbs or X or Y or Z. Whether you slip once a week, month, year or decade, that is okay. It is better to treat yourself to a cookie or two once in a while intentionally than deprive yourself and accidentally binge on a whole batch. If you fall off the healthy wagon, intentionally or not, use your next decision about a snack or a meal to get right back on track. A healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a one-time choice. So for any healthy and not-so-healthy eaters out there, make these as your next special treat. Enjoy in the company of friends, and savor the moment.

Some notes about these cookies: the dough is pretty crumbly, and is rather difficult to form into balls. They can be pretty free form, since you will flatten them with your palm before baking them. They can also be difficult to get off a cookie sheet once baked, which is why it is best to line it first with parchment paper or tin foil (just watch your baking times). The resulting cookies will be crispy, thin, caramel-y and delicious, just as good as Grandma’s or the church lady’s used to be!


Question: What is your unhealthy eating confession?


Cinnamon Oat Lace Cookies

Adapted from Epicurious, makes 24 cookies

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature (I’m sure you could use buttery sticks as a vegan substitute here)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until well blended. Beat in flour, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in oats. Cover and refrigerate cookie dough 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil. Roll dough by tablespoonfuls between palms into loose balls. Spread out on a baking sheet. Using the heel of your hand, flatten cookies to rounds. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 11 minutes. Let cookies remain on sheets 1 minute. Using spatula, transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frugalfeeding  |  August 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That bottom photo is just incredible. Oat cookies are my favourite. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • 2. jenlenew  |  August 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Hope you get a chance to make and enjoy them!

  • 3. goingsteadyblog  |  August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    These look delicious. I’d make them but I’m afraid I’d gobble down the whole batch!

  • 4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  August 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Looks wonderful. I have to convince people not everything I make is unhealthy!

    • 5. jenlenew  |  August 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      Haha I will attest to that! Lots of delicious veggie recipes lately that I am dying to try :)

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