Christmas is knocking on the door. We do not celebrate it, although the kids do look forward to Santa’s kindness on the morning of Christmas; and we do feel a bit sad to disappoint their little hearts, and always do a little something. After all, they will soon outgrow these things, no harm in playing along till then. Rengoni has already started asking questions…the last time one more of her tooth fell off, and she tucked the little box containing it under her pillow, she did ask “Mum, is there really a tooth fairy? I hope it’s not you or daddy leaving the money under my pillow”. At one time, she even thought of staying awake to see whether the fairy actually came, but her eyes were too weary and she soon fell asleep. I just smiled at her question, but at that moment, somehow I couldn’t help but feel that my little girl was growing up and I could feel the tightness in my heart.
As Christmas nears, once again, she does look forward to the loot on the day, but does not fail to express her doubts at the same time. With the festive season around the corner, most of you must have started off with or are going to start baking lots of goodies. I am always ready for a nice round of baking, so when Susan invited entries for Christmas cookies, I thought of sending the following choco-yogurt cookies.
If you want to enjoy a good cookie, and you like it a bit mellow, then this is the cookie for you. Filled with the goodness of oats, whole wheat flour, honey and yogurt, they provide guilt free indulgence. They are not overdressed, but have a subtle presence.
Here’s how I made them…
1/3 C jumbo oats
3/4 C whole wheat flour
1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp dessicated coconut
1/3 C chocolate drops/chips
3 tblsp of plain yogurt
4 tblsp of honey
3 tblsp of sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
a litle granulated sugar for sprinkling
- Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C. Line a baking tray with foil.
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, oats,soda, coconut and chocolate drops/chips
- In a nother bowl, mix together the yogurt, oil, honey and vanilla.
- Make a well in the centre of the oats mixture and tip in the yogurt mixture.
- Fold in till just mixed. use fingertips if desired, but do not over mix.
- Make 18 equal balls of the mixture and place them in rows, slightly apart from each other.
- Flatten the balls with the back of a fork. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes or till the tops are very slightly brown.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle a little sugar over the cookies. Let them cool on the tray for a minute and then transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.
The best time to eat these cookies is when still warm. Mildly sweet, the coconut added a nice bite They do get slightly softer on storing, but still tastes good. So there you go, Susan, adding my humble cookies to your list