Healthy Holiday Dessert! Hi-Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
By Johnathan Zamora
With Christmas around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better for a physique-friendly high protein cookie recipe that satisfies your sweet tooth.
When making these cookies, it’s important to follow the directions exactly, as we have made ingredient substitutions that help improve the nutritional qualities of this recipe while not sacrificing taste and enhancing visual appeal. At 60 calories per cookie and with 5g of protein these treats are delicious eaten alone, with milk or dipped into coffee!
Delightfully simple to make, this recipe is perfect for sharing at the office or to bring to a holiday party. I suggest storing these cookies in an airtight container as this will extend the shelf-life while preserving freshness. The pictures below illustrate the cooking method step by step with the finished product presented at the end.
Yield: 40 Cookies
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
3 scoops Lean Pro 8 – Chocolate
½ cup Peanut butter
½ cup Brown sugar
6 each Egg whites
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
To make the Glaze:
¼ cup Water
1 Tbs. Corn Syrup
1 cup Confectioners sugar
½ oz. Unsweetened chocolate, grated or chopped into thin pieces
1 Tbs. Peanut Butter
Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a glass bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
2. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, add the peanut butter and brown sugar together and mix on low speed until well incorporated, about 1 minute.
3. When adding the egg whites and flour mixture to the mixer bowl, be sure the mixer is on low speed. Proceed by first adding a bit of egg whites to the bowl, then stopping to add a bit of the flour mixture. Repeat this alternating process until both mixtures have been completely added to the mixer.
4. After the ingredients have incorporated well, about 3 minutes, turn the mixer off.
5. Line a ½ size baking sheet with foil and set aside. Using a 1 Tbs. measuring spoon, spoon out each cookie and form into dough balls. Place each ball on the foil pan and press slightly with your thumb to flatten the dough.
6. Place the cookies in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on a wire cooling rack.
To Make the Glaze –
1. In a small saucepan, combine the water and corn syrup and bring to a boil. Divide the glaze into two glass bowls – one for the chocolate glaze, the otherfor the peanut butter glaze.
2. In one of the bowls, add the chopped chocolate and blend well. Using a fork, dip into the chocolate and drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies.
3. In the remaining bowl of glaze, add the peanut butter and blend well. If this glaze is a bit too thick, add 1 Tbs. water and mix together. The water will help thin out the glaze. Using a fork, dip into the peanut butter mixture and drizzle over cooled cookies. The holidays are a time to reflect on all the blessings we’ve received throughout the year and to enjoy the company of family and friends. What better way to share your passion for fitness and clean eating than by preparing a batch of these delicious cookies for those closest to you. After all, the best things in life are shared.
The Fit Chef