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Tahini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tahini adds a slight nuttiness to these cookies while allowing you to cut back a little on the butter.

And there’s another added health boost: Whole wheat flour. It too lends a nutty flavor.

Plus, there’s walnuts, and chocolate chunks, too. And don’t worry. There are plenty of both, making it hard to ever guess these cookies are “healthy”.

Tahini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes about 20 cookies


  • -1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • -1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • -1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • -1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • -1/4 tsp. salt
  • -1/4 cup sesame tahini
  • -4 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • -2/3 cup brown sugar
  • -3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • -1 egg
  • -1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • -1 scant cup dark chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven 350F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In medium-large bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another large bowl, mix butter and tahini. Add sugar, vanilla and egg and beat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Stir in flour. Add chocolate and walnuts.
  4. Drop by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Bake, in batches, for 8 minutes, until bottoms are golden brown and tops are still soft. Use spatula to transfer to cooling rack. These will set as cooled.

Chocolate Pecan Nutella Thumbprints

When it comes to Christmas cookies, I tend to stick to a handful of childhood classics every year. Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies, I could do without. But almond balls and my mom’s Kris Kringles, those are mandatory staples. However, this year I’ve stumbled upon one more cookie recipe that might be a mandatory addition to my annual holiday cookie repertoire – these Chocolate Pecan Nutella Thumbprints.

The sister of my brother-in-law made these for a cookie swap, and ever since my mom got a taste of one, she’d been raving about them. My mom’s a chocoholic, but she’s particular when it comes to dessert. I knew if these cookies passed her shrewd chocolate test in order to make a lasting impression, they had to be stellar. And stellar they were when I finally got my hands on the recipe so that I could pop these out of my own oven.

There’s still time to make these before New Years. It’s a holiday excuse to get baking for your friends that you really shouldn’t pass up, especially when this recipe is yet to be made. These are an absolute must. Intensely chocolatey and almost fudgy like a brownie, I almost ate my age in these thumbprints over the days leading up to Christmas. The Nutella makes them all that much more decadent, and of course irresistibly delicious.

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Peanut Chocolate Pretzel Cookies

Peanut chocolate pretzel oatmeal cookies. Whew, that’s a (delicious) mouthful. In an effort to combine a handful of my favorite ingredients, while keeping a twinge of healthiness too, this cookie recipe was born. You could call these “Everything Under the Kitchen Sink” cookies, although I opted out after my roommates conferred that the established title sounded anything but yummy.

“How about ‘Better Than Sex’ cookies? Wait, nah, that doesn’t really match the theme of your blog,” said the other Grace that lives in my apartment. It was a tempting title.

This ingredient combo. reminds me of a Snickers in cookie form with the added bonus of crunchy, salty pretzels on top. The cookies are pretty filling too because of the oats and whole wheat flour. Let’s just pretend these are healthy now. Three fresh out of the oven cookies and a handful of pretzels later, dinner needn’t be worried about. A couple in the morning with a side of coffee for dipping, and breakfast was taken care of too. Hey, ’tis the season for cookies, right?

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Holiday Almond Balls

Almond Balls

These are one of my family’s signature holiday treats. Come Christmas time, and you’ll be sure to find a tin filled with these…although that tin certainly won’t stay full for long! Sweet, fragrant, and extra buttery, what’s not to like about these edible snowballs?

Now, I wouldn’t exactly classify this as one of my healthy recipes. (Okay, so it could be worse. These do have that vitamin E-rich almond-base going for them.) But sometimes a girl’s got to indulge, right? I’m a chocoholic and also happen to have a fairly big sweet tooth. My philosophy: Everything in moderation. Which means every year, I always cease the holidays as a time to pull out the sugar and flour and get baking. Nothing beats the warm smells that flow from the oven or the mouth-watering tastes that ensue! And with that, I’m off…a dinging timer and some cookies in the oven are so sweetly calling my name.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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