When your toddler is craving a sweet treat, but you want only healthy tidbits to pass her lips, what to do? The solution involves a little creativity and ingenuity in the ingredient department. Make whole wheat cookies with a toddler in mind. Chances are that she won't even realize that she's eating a healthier option.
1. Basic Whole Wheat Cookie Recipe
What toddler would turn down a chocolate chip cookie – even when it’s made with whole wheat flour? Not many toddlers can resist these delectable cookies. Start with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix these ingredients well, and then add 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. After mixing the dough combining everything together, add 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips to the mixture. Stir well and then drop the dough in small rounds onto an oiled baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack -- and get ready to watch your little ones devour them. This recipe makes two to three dozen cookies, depending on the size.
2. Ingredients to Try
When you’re trying to create tasty whole wheat cookies that will appeal to a toddler, it's often helpful to add other ingredients that will entice and encourage your little one to eat them. In addition to chocolate chips, raisins and walnuts are also excellent ingredients to add to a recipe to liven up the cookies and make your kid’s taste buds dance. You can also try adding peanut butter, coconut and/or shredded carrots, too, for boosts of flavor.
3. Whole Wheat Tips
Having trouble passing whole wheat flour by your finicky eater? No worries – there are solutions. Try camouflaging the dough with additional ingredients. Add about 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to a whole wheat cookie recipe and suddenly, the whole wheat flour takes on a chocolatey look and taste. Another solution is adding spices, like cinnamon or cloves, which turn the dough darker -- and give it a flavorful kick.
4. Inventive Whole Wheat Cookies
Instead of standard round cookies, try getting out the rolling pin and some cookie cutters to cut out character shapes from the basic whole wheat cookie dough. Whip up the cookie dough and then chill it in the fridge until it gets stiff. Roll out the dough -- your toddler might enjoy helping with this -- to about 3/8-inch thick. Use cookie cutters in your toddler's favorite characters, animal shapes, or even seasonal or holiday shapes like candy canes or hearts, to cut out the cookies. After baking, decorate them with raisins, colored sprinkles or even a little frosting. Most toddlers find decorating cookies great fun -- but enjoy eating them even more!
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