Friday, September 27, 2013

Agave Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies and Shari

I have a huge sweet tooth.  Let me just say really huge, but I have a big problem, I am pretty severely hypoglycemic.  I am unable to eat any sugar, honey, maple syrup, or artificial sweeteners, I get by with fruit juice and agave.  For a long time I was able to eat malt sweetened chocolate chips made by Sunspire, but then they stopped making them and I was so mad.  Recently my husband found some at our local health food store.  They are sweetened with rice syrup now, something I tend to stay away from, but in small doses I can handle.  So this past weekend I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, yum, I am in Heaven.

These aren't as sweet as your normal cookie made with sugar or honey, but they are pretty darn good especially for someone like who loves to eat sweets but whose body can't handle them.  I think I may have given you this recipe before, but I am so excited to have them back in my life I am giving it to you again.  These are based on a recipe my sister Claudia gave me which I tweaked a bit.

1 egg
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup oil
3 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
* I also add 1/3 cup sliced almonds
 * and I add Crispy Brown Rice Cereal sprinkled in to add crunch, my brand Erewhon is fruit juice sweetened

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  

In a smaller bowl add all liquid ingredients and mix well.  Add liquid mixture to flour, baking soda, and salt, mix together.  Add chips, almonds and sprinkle in brown rice cereal.  Scoop out onto cookie sheet and bake, around 10 minutes.  

I usually double my batch and add in extra flour if needed.  Store in the freezer and you always have yummy cookies on hand.

They do not flatten out like regular cookies but they sure are yummy.

Want to come over for a cookie and a cup of tea?  We could chat about all sorts of things and play with yarn.  Wouldn't that be fun?

One blogging friend I would love to have over today is my dear friend Shari at Gum Tree Lane.  You all will know Shari from her past blogs Kashmere Kisses and Lauren's Closet.  Shari is the sweetest friend, a true southerner with more warmth and charm than you can imagine.  Shari has had more issues with her blog lately, she has what I'd like like to refer to as a blog malfunction  (not much better than a wardrobe malfunction I am afraid), but she is keeps trudging on, and for that I am grateful.  I'd hate for her to stop blogging, I'd miss her gorgeous photography, her beautiful children, and all of her amazing sewing, quilting and crochet. Plus I would miss her friendship.  I always feel better having visited her as her blog is a place of peace for me, a place where I feel I can visit and find someone real, not all fluff and staged beauty, but a life that is lovely but also has the ups and downs we all have. A true blog.  I am drawn to these more and more everyday.  Please pop by and give Shari a hello at Gum Tree Lane.  If you have been missing her this is where you can find her.

Have you found any great blogs lately?  I'd love to hear about them.

Hugs to all of you my friends and Happy Friday.


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I would LOVE to enjoy those delicious looking cookies and a cup of tea with you, Meredith! Wouldn't that be so nice? Thank you for the links to some of your favorite blogs and congratulations on your latest win! I love that Max won, too!! ;) Save a cookie for me... blessings ~ tanna
ps thanks for the recipe, too!

Babajeza said...

I would love to come by and have some tea and cookies. One day I will! :-)

Jennifer said...

The cookies look delicious. I had noticed that I wasn't seeing new posts from Shari's KK blog, so it's good to know what happened.

kathyinozarks said...

a tea party sounds awesome! I use agave in allot of things too, bummer you can't use some of the no sugars-I like stevia in some things, and there are some fruit sugars available now too. enjoy those cookies!

kathyinozarks said...

Oh and I did run into a new blog I am reading Merissa at I really enjoy reading her posts about using what you have and tips on all sorts of things. latest post was a list for uses of toothpaste

ColourMeCrochet said...

Oh Meredith, I would truly love to come visit with you. To share cookies, yarn and chit chat while drinking tea or cofffee. I'll just have to have you as a blog friend instead and share with you my family.
Take care, I'm going for a coffee now so I'll be thinking if you :)

Sally xxx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Meredith, Yummy cookies, I'm going to try that recipe out!!! I'll be over with my knitting, oh wait a minute I can't I just got home!! Happy Friday to you my friend. Enjoy your weekend, xoRobin

shari | gum tree lane said...

Oh know how emotional I've been achieved your goal made me cry, but it's a happy cry! Thank you soooo much for such a heartfelt complement about me an my little blog. I am truly touched and so glad to call you my friend!
Have a wonderful day...I know I will!
Hugs, Shari

linda said...

Put the kettle on Meredith I will be with you in 10 haha I wish, those cookies look so yummy! Sorry to hear Shari is having issues again, bless her she has had no luck with her blog there is always something going wrong, will pop along and send her a virtual hug right now. Have a great weekend! :)

kathy b said...

Donna Boucher's QUIET LIFE blog has amazing photos and sweet thoughts

Susanne said...

So glad you (hubby) found the ingredients for your cookies. I can say I love cookies too, all sweets, but I try not to make many too often cause they always seem to find their way into my mouth and then go straight to the hips and anywhere else. I sure want to make some special ones for the upcoming holidays. Your recipe looks good. I'm sure it is a lot healthier than all the other ones that are loaded with sugar, calories and carbs.
Thanks for sharing the recipe. (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Teresa Kasner said...

I'm glad you got to make your cookies again! Life without cookies.. scary! I've been in the mood to make some homemade ones lately, you've given me more reason to do so! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lynne said...

Delicious looking cookies! I'll have to give them a try. I even have some agave in the cupboard (I like it in my iced tea). Have you heard of the blog Elana's pantry? She makes a lot of gluten free baked goods, but she only uses agave or honey in her recipes. They are very low in sweetener.
Thanks for the recipe!

elns said...

I'm so happy you could have your cookies again! I love that you put the crispy cereal in them, mmm, what a fun play with texture. I would love some tea and cookies and chat and play with yarn. Sounds absolutely dreamy:) BTW, you are right, gumtree has lovely photos!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ah Meredith....I think I have a sweet tooth also. Those sure look good, and I would say healthy too.


Betsy said...

Your cookies look delicious and I also have a HUGE sweet tooth.
Thank you for the link to Shari's blog. I've been missing her.

Astri said...

Oh the cookies look so good!

I love Shari - I will pop over to her new blog and check it out.

Astri said...

Oh the cookies look so good!

I love Shari - I will pop over to her new blog and check it out.

Grayseasailor said...

Thanks so much for the recipe and for finding Shari for me, Meredith! When I hit her KK on my blog roll I got nothing and was worried that something not good had happened. I will go investigate Gum Tree Lane :)
Love with hugs,
Gracie xx

Mrs. Micawber said...

I will be RIGHT OVER. It's always a good time for tea and cookies - and yours look delicious. Or we could just eat the dough.... :)

Thanks so much for letting us know about Shari - what a pity she has had to pick up and move again. I will add her to my reading list immediately.

Fay said...


Tammy said...

I just bought some agave today. Haven't tried it yet. My son has been begging for chocolate chip cookies so I made some the traditional way, which I don't eat since I'm vegan -- so for me I made an oat bread with coconut and walnuts and dried cranberries. Yummy with a cup of tea. I'd love to come and sit with you a spell. Best wishes, Tammy

Beth P said...

Shari is fabulous isn't she? I have decided she and I were sisters in another life!:D You asked if we had found any great blogs lately, yes, YOURS!!!
Hugs from your new blogging sister over here in New Hampshire,
Beth P

Rose Red said...

Your biscuits look great. It is such a good idea to keep some dough in the freezer - so much easier to make another batch isn't it (I don't have a very big freezer, so don't do this very often - I so wish I could do it more)