Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cornflake Cookies ( 1 Point Plus)

Yesterday, I missed my WW meeting because I had another mandatory meeting I needed to attend and didn't' have time to prepare dinner for my family.  In the past, I would have made a trip through some drive through window and eaten whatever was the new burger of the season with a side of fries, but instead I sent my son to Subway to get everyone subs.  I got my usual...ham and turkey, no cheese, all the veggies, vinegar and just a touch of light mayo on wheat bread...and even though I got the footlong, I only ate half and saved the other half for today's lunch.  I also had an apple.  I thought to myself...THIS is progress!!  and gave myself a mental "bravo" sticker for my NSV of the day.  Just thought I would share because it's the little choices we make during our day that add up to success in the end....and NOW on to the recipe...

The cookbook I found this recipe in said they were an "American classic," but I have to admit, I have neither heard of nor tasted cornflake cookies before. They are basically cornflakes and shredded coconut held together with a meringue that has been sweetened with sugar and in this recipe, walnuts and apricots are added.  They bake up to a light crunchy treat that comes in at only 1 point + each!  The apricots can be replaced by whatever other dried fruit you might like....dried cherries, dried cranberries and golden raisins would work well. 

Once the "dry" ingredients are mixed with the egg whites and sugar mixture, you get a kind of loose combination.  No worries, they will bind together in the oven as they bake to form a solid mass.  To form the cookies, I found using two teaspoons worked well, using them together as a scoop and to form the cookie.  Also, the recipe said they would brown in the oven, but mine never did.  It didn't seem to bother the taste nor the texture that browning didn't occur.  The cookies should be stored in an airtight container and will last for 3 - 4 days or can be frozen for up to 2 months. 



Cornflake Cookies from Chocolate and the Art of Low-Fat Desserts by Alice Medrich


Recipe makes approx. 40 cookies   Serving size - 1 cookie   PP per svg - 1 point +
Calories - 31  Total Fat - 1.1g,   Carb. - 5g,   Protein -  0.6g,   Fiber - 0.2g

2 egg whites, room temperature
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar ( whizzed in the food processor a handful of times to make it like superfine sugar)
2 1/2 cups cornflakes
2/3 cup loosely packed sweetened, shredded coconut
1/3 cup chopped walnuts ( 1 3/4 ounces)
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots ( 1 ounce ) 

1.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line baking sheet (s) with parchment paper or nonstick foil.  Put the sugar into a food processor and pulse for several times making it like superfine sugar.  Set aside. 

2. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form.  Gradually sprinkle in the sugar while beating and then beat at high speed until very stiff but not dry.  Use a rubber spatula to gently fold in the cornflakes, coconut, walnuts and dried apricots.  Fold until the cornflakes are coated with the egg white.  

3.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet.  They do not spread so you don't need to leave a big space between each, just enough for the hot air of the oven to circulate around each one.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until delicately brown.  Cool on rack. 


When I got home from my meeting yesterday, I enjoyed a few of these guys for very little points.  Since I had made a good choice for dinner, I had a few points left to spare.  I was happy with how I handled my day yesterday...it had the potential to go bad very easily.  How about you?  Have you made any small choices in your day recently that you considered a NSV? 

12 comments:

  1. yum! one cookie please! :)

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  2. Good for you on the subway!!! That is just awesome :) Its all the little changes that truly add up. Those cookies sound yummy. I'm a fan of coconut in anything and cereal always adds a nice crunch to bars...so I can imagine its tasty in cookies too. Hope you're doing well

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  3. Cornflake cookies? Where they good?? I might have to try these!

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  4. oh yes, they were good! they had a really nice flavor to them...I liked them and the kids really liked them.

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  5. Hi Renee! WOO HOO on the NSV!!!! (don't you hate that when "life" gets in the way of meetings!? However, just means a bigger drop next week! :) ) You sound so "on track"!!!
    I think I may have to give these a go!!! They look GREAT!!! Thanks for yet another "keeper" recipe!!

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  6. I've never heard of those cookies before either, but they look good and love the calories!

    Great NSV for you going to subway - that's awesome!

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  7. I just found your blog through a comment you left on Biz's blog. I love your recipes and your beautiful photos!

    This is one of my favorite dessert cookbooks. The Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte is one of my favorite chocolate desserts.

    Great job on the NSV.

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  8. Nope, never heard of those either! Yeah for Tami finding you through me! :D Love when that happens.

    My NSV today - I packed my gym bag, went to work out, realized that I didn't have pants - so I walked outside in 28 degree weather for 50 minutes - it was actually refreshing! :D

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  9. Every time I get the foot long, thinking I will save half for lunch, I end up eating the whole foot long :D

    I wonder if I can make those with bran cereal, instead of cornflakes?

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  10. @ Brittany...I don't see why you couldn't use bran flakes...and they would be healthier too!

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  11. Renee, I've never had these cookies. Yours look delicious. This might be the time for me to try something new. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. YUM! How good do these look. I am definitely going to need to give these a try!

    xo

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