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Friday, June 29, 2012

Amped-Up Cookie Bars

Today I am guest posting over at Like Mother, Like Daughter with my French Toast Cupcakes recipe! Be sure to go check out their blog :) You won't be sorry!



One of my assignments in my nutrition class was to create a bar. My group was specifically assigned to make a high fiber whole grain bar. We took Martha Stewart's cookie bar recipe and tweaked it a bit. Another part of the assignment was a taste panel, and we received pretty good reviews.

We added half whole wheat flour, Brown Rice Krispies, ground flax seed and oatmeal. We also reduced the butter and added applesauce instead.



Amped-Up Cookie Bars
adapted from Martha Stewart

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
6-8 tablespoons ground flax seed(depending on your flax tolerance)
1 cup Brown Rice Krispies 
1 cup oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In the bowl of an electric mixer w/the paddle attachment, cream the butter, applesauce and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix until well combined. 
2. In a separate bowl, combine both flours, flax seed, rice krispies, oats, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed. 
3. Spread the dough into a sprayed 12 by 17 inch baking sheet. Bake until the edges are brown and the top is golden, about 40-45 minutes. After it is cooled, cut into square or rectangles. 




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