In this house, we are BIG on positive reinforcement. We’ve tried discipline a number of ways and received little if ANY results from it. In fact, most of the time, my son would act out MORE when we used only negative discipline! But that’s a post for another day… One thing we LOVE to do is reward. Clarification: we do NOT bribe. We never say “if you clean your room, I’ll give you ______”. What we will say is “You obeyed and cleaned your room! Mommy would love to give you a reward for that!” It may not work for everyone (and it took some time to start working for us) but it works great for us! Preston has learned that if he does sweet things, he gets rewards. Sometimes its an actual gift (if he did something REALLY good), sometimes its a cuddle session and a movie, and sometimes he gets to bake with Mommy. 9 times out of 10, we bake Happy Cookies.
Happy Cookies are named because we have fun making them and they are usually only made as a reward. Preston loves them because they are sweet and yummy and he’s getting a treat. I love them because they are full of good ingredients and not completely loaded with sugar and other iffy substances like other cookies.
So lets start baking!
First off, gather your ingredients:
*** A couple of notes:
-If you choose to use raw sugar, know that your cookies will have a stronger molasses flavor to them than they would otherwise.
-Make sure your butter is softened before you start to mix your ingredients. This will help sooooo much in the creaming process!
-Any type of chocolate chip can be used (or you can leave them out). We love dark chocolate so that is always what we use.
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350
Step 2: In a small bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, applesauce, and eggs. A stand mixer OR hand mixer works fine. Set aside.
**NOTE: if you are using raw sugar granules, make sure you let this sit AT LEAST 15 minutes then cream again so that the granules dissolve properly and your cookies aren’t all gritty and feel like sandpaper when you chew them!
Step 3: In a large bowl (your stand mixer bowl if that is what you’re using), mix flour, oats, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt (you can just use a wooden spoon for this one). Make sure ingredients are well mixed.
Also make sure, if you are making these with a toddler, that said toddler doesn’t take over the spoon or you’ll end up with flour all over your kitchen! Trust me… we actually had to start all over at this point because I fell for the cute little “Mommy, me do it” which was followed by a flour/oats storm, massive cleanup with brooms AND the vacuum, and baths for both of us! Thank the Lord the baby was napping! (don’t you love how they have a knack for taking a nice reward and end up making you wonder if they actually deserved it anymore?)
Step 4: Add the cream mixture to the large bowl and mix well with your mixer.
Step 5: Add your chocolate chips and raisins. Stir well so they are well distributed.
Step 6: Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
Step 7: Bake 10-14 minutes, depending on your oven. You will see the top of the cookies turning a slightly darker brown than the rest. This is a good indication that they are done.
Makes 12-14 cookies. These cookies are super yummy, cakelike, thick, and could seriously replace a meal since they are so filling (not that I’m suggesting that)!
To store: Place cookies in a sealed container along with a single piece of bread (looking for something to do with the ends of the loaf?). This will keep them from drying out and going stale too soon.
They also freeze AMAZINGLY! We never eat a whole dozen cookies so we always end up freezing ours. That way I can use them as a treat in the future or just to satisfy a sweet tooth. Just wrap them individually in foil and place all wrapped cookies in a freezer bag. When you want one, just take one cookie out of freezer and throw away the foil. Wrap cookie loosely in paper towel and place in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. I do 30 seconds because I love the inside to be all melty! YUM
I hope you all enjoy these cookies and I hope you get a chance to make them with a toddler cuz that’s just so much fun!
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