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Kripalu Recipes: Chocolate Chip Favorites

Is chocolate your guilty pleasure? You may not have to feel so guilty about it! If you eat certain types in moderation, then chocolate can be a pleasurable part of a healthy diet. According to some studies, cocoa and other forms of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, may help keep your heart healthy and your blood pressure down. They contain high amounts of flavonols, plant compounds with strong antioxidant properties that help maintain healthy blood flow and pressure and ward off cardiovascular disease. So, as the smell of chocolate is in the air this February, enjoy the recipe for chocolate chip cookies below.


Chocolate Chip Favorites (Cookies)

You can use barley malt chips or chocolate chips, depending on how sweet you like your cookies. (If you use barley malt chips, do not overbake, because the chips tend to caramelize quickly and become hard.)

Preparation time 20 minutes.
Baking time 10 minutes.
Cooling time variable.
Makes 30 cookies.

Ingredients
¾ cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup rice syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 egg
2½ cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups barley malt chips or chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add the syrup and vanilla and cream at a medium speed until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until fluffy.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat at low speed until smooth. Add the chips and walnuts and mix at low speed until well combined.

Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonsful on a well-oiled baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let cool on wire racks or serve warm.

Source: The Kripalu Cookbook: Gourmet Vegetarian Recipes by Atma Jo Ann Levitt (Berkshire House Publishers). Available through the Kripalu Shop.

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