These skinny cookies have NO sugar, NO white flour, and only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole batch! What they do have are a ton of mix-ins. Oatmeal, coconut, bran flakes, pecans to name a few. They taste like a Texas Cowboy Cookie, but way better for you! (Which means I can eat half a batch…right?)
I finally feel like life is getting back to normal after all the Christmas festivities! Charlotte started school again today so we are back to having a schedule. Well. At least someone in the family has a schedule. Certainly 2-month-old Valentine doesn’t. She’s like a tiny 9-pound princess who forces me to bend to her every beck and call, or whimper and cry as the case may be. She’s started smiling at me regularly though, which is basically payment in full for my slave labor.
(Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post about breastfeeding troubles by the way, they warmed my heart and made things a little easier for me. Moral support! It’s legit!)
Kind of like how I always make Eric hover nearby while I give the baby a bath. The way our bathroom is situated it’s pretty much a one man job, but I make him come in just to be present in case she freaks out. There is something about screaming wet babies that makes you panic a little bit.
Speaking of panicking. I had a friend of mine (hi Melissa!) watch the kids today while I went to the dentist. That sounds like such a casual statement, but I was freaking out . No, not because I was away from my kids, but worrying about poor Melissa. It’s hard enough dumping 2 kids on someone else, but 2 kids plus an infant?? I think I owe somebody a batch of these cookies.
I can’t tell you how much I love these Skinny Texas Cowboy cookies! I made them once, loved them, then made them again a day later with a few tweaks and loved them even more. (Yeah, good luck with this “skinny” recipe if you are into eating entire batches of cookies a day at a time.)
The recipe is a mashup between these Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and these Texas Cowboy Cookies. Both of these recipes made it in the Top 5 Recipes published on The Food Charlatan in 2016. I loved them both so much (and so did you!) I decided to put them together. I think it’s officially my best idea of 2017 so far.
These cookies have the same flavor as the classic Texas Cowboy Cookie but have a different texture. I like it. I’m usually more of a soft-cookie girl anyway, and the original recipe is crunchy on the outside. This skinny version is soft and tender, and feels decadent from the chocolate and peanut butter chips, but is way lower in calories. Plus it’s super easy; no electric mixing or creaming involved. Just a couple bowls and a spoon.
In case you’ve never tried the classic Texas Cowboy Cookies, it’s a basic dough with oatmeal, coconut, pecans, corn flakes, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips mixed in. It’s an amazing combo that is so unexpected. For the skinny version (as far as mix-ins go), all I changed was to use bran flakes instead of corn flakes. The recipe makes about 18 or 20 small cookies, your only job is to not eat all of them in one sitting. Best of luck.
Here are some other cookie recipes you will love!
Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: << this is the one that I based today’s recipe on. They are on fire right now! I guess people are definitely wanting healthier treats this January! This recipe is from my friend Amy’s book Healthier Chocolate Treats.
Texas Cowboy Cookies << Here’s the other recipe today’s cookies are based on! It’s so fun to play around with all the mix ins!
Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies: << These. Are. Amazing.
The Ultimate Healthy Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat