“No Excuses” Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

Baker Bettie Cookies, Gluten Free, Paleo, Sweets 33 Comments

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

I walk around with a constant level of anxiety.  And when I say constant, I really do mean that.  I’m even anxious when I sleep.  It is hard to explain.

Baking has been my escape from the anxiety.  Whenever I need to shut out the world and turn off the nerves.  I get in the kitchen.  I brown butter, whisk eggs, pinch salt, sift flour, stir batter, scoop dough, bake cookies, share them with friends, bring people joy.  It is all so beautiful and relaxing to me.  It is my therapy.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lately baking hasn’t been so therapeutic.  I am trying to learn a whole new baking “language.”  I am bumbly in the kitchen, unsure of myself… frustrated… grouchy…anxious.

But I know from experience that this will pass.  I will learn. I will become comfortable.  And I will be an overall better baker because of it.

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

But last night I just needed something familiar.  I needed some good old baking therapy.  And cookies were definitely the answer.  Cookies are what I’m known for (as much as someone who nobody knows can be known for something.)  Cookies are what my family and friends request from me.  They are my forte.  So I baked some cookies for our work picnic and for my dentist (who also happens to be my sister-in-law) in hopes that she and her staff would be super gentle while fixing my tooth this morning.  They were.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was determined to make these cookies purely as baking therapy and not let myself eat them.  The inevitable migraine that would result if I did eat one would not be worth it.  But do you know how difficult it is to not have a cookie when warm cookies are in the oven?!  REALLY DIFFICULT!  So after doing some web surfing, I found a single serving cookie recipe PERFECT for this occasion.  A “no excuses” cookie recipe.  It came out soft and gooey and really hit the spot.  And it is grain free, refined sugar free and dairy free!  I also made the cookies for my co-workers and family a little healthier too.  Less sugar and with whole wheat flour.  Everyone really loved them which makes me smile :)

Single Serving Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie (paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp whisked egg, or equivalent egg replacement (energ egg replacer, flax eggs, chia eggs)
  • 1 tbsp mashed banana or date puree, or applesauce
  • 1 tsp sweetener such as honey, agave, or stevia (optional)
  • 1 tbsp mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, etc…)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Add desired mix ins.
  5. Shape cookie into desired shape. The cookie will not spread so shape it how you want it to come out of the oven.
  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes until lightly browned.

adapted from The Diva Dish

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal flour (oats ground to a fine flour in a blender. also sold in the grocery store)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup toasted pecans
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Stir continuously until the butter becomes an amber color. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and incorporate.
  6. Mix in the flours in small batches until a stiff dough forms.
  7. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts with clean hands.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes until just set around the edges.
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Comments 33

  1. Ulrike Soltau

    Did you really used your big oven for this single cookie?
    Dont you think it felt a bit lonely?
    Do you think this could be done in a toaster oven as well, just to save some energy.

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      Baker Bettie

      I did use my big oven, but I was also baking that other batch of cookies I talked about in the post for my friends. You could definitely use your toaster oven. Turn the temp down a bit and watch it closely. It will bake fast!

  2. Amy Lott

    Bettie, first off thanks for all your hard work. Just worried about you and if you are having anxieties you should stop and listen. Contemplate why it is that you are feeling like this. I love baking! I can’t bake when I am anxious. I noticed I feel anxious when I have lacked prayers. I prayer to our Lord and say thanks for everything because it is through him that we are able to do anything/everything. Thanks for the recipes. I will try the wheat cc cookies. I will let all you know how it went. God bless all of you.

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Amy,

      Thanks for your comment. This post is actually 2 years old. Anxiety is just part of who I am. It’s part of my personality and something that I have learned to cope with. I have improved my ability to manage it a lot in before this post, and even more so in the past 2 years. Don’t get me wrong, I am a very happy person. But I love to write about life in a real way, and overwhelming anxiety is a real part of my life sometimes.

      I hope you enjoy the cookie! And thanks for reading and commenting!

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