Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Ricotta Ca-ookies

3 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 24 Comments

What’s a ca-ookie you ask? Well, it’s the result my baking adventure this morning.

Let me start at the beginning.

I love experimenting in the kitchen (umm yeah, hence the blog.) Anyway, I had some extra time on my hand this morning and decided to experiment with some light cookie ideas that have been swimming in my head for the last few weeks. Yes, I actually have cookie ideas in this head of mine and normally I have no idea if they are going to work but it doesn’t hurt to try, right?

Ricotta Ca-ookies

Anyway, I whipped these up this morning and the batter was delicious. I couldn’t wait to try and them and see how they came out. The first batch came out of the oven and to my surprise, they were DELISCIOUS! I mean it, really good. The problem is…

they aren’t cookies.

Don’t get me wrong they look like cookies, they smell they cookies and they taste like cookies they just don’t have the texture of cookies. My experiment led to a more cake like, almost spongy texture yet in cookie form.

So I brought them to work for some taste tests. Everyone enjoyed them but agreed… they aren’t cookies. So we threw around some name ideas like, “cake drops”, “sponge cookies” and my personal favorite (thanks David) “the Ca-ookie!”. Get it… Cake-Cookie, Ca-ookie!

So there you have it, the story of the ca-ookie. Ricotta Ca-ookies

  • 2 cups (180g) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) of butter
  • 8oz (227g) Fat Free Ricotta Cheese
  • 4oz (115g) Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp (42g) honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl beat the butter, Ricotta, cream cheese, sugar and honey until well blended.

Beat the egg and extract into the cheese mixture.

Slowly fold the sifted flour mixture into wet ingredients until just blended.

Using teaspoons drop the batter on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Top with sprinkles and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Ricotta Ca-ookies doughRicotta Ca-ookies in tin

The recipe makes about 60 ca-ookies.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
15 4 ca-cookies
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
135 4g 2g old: 2 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 2g 20g 5g

See other recipes using: butter, cream cheese, honey, nutmeg, ricotta, sugar, Whole Wheat Pastry Flour


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    Meeta

    December 13, 2007

    These are great - They look moist and spongy and I love the name Ca-ookie cool!

    Jessica

    December 13, 2007

    Try it with almond extract instead of lemon. I think you will be pleasantly suprised. I kinda let my blog drop, b/c I'm due in April, so I will be back eventually! I still read your posts and love this new food section!

    Chris

    December 13, 2007

    Wow, these look great!! I'm going to have to try them.

    Missy

    December 13, 2007

    Oh man, when I get back to my house next week this is the first thing I'm making! Plus the thought of cookie sized cake is making my mouth water! Thanks for the recipe!

    Deb

    December 13, 2007

    Those look yummy, I cant wait to try them out.

    Lori

    December 13, 2007

    Roni - these look GREAT. Have you ever tried substituting flax seed for fat (butter, oil, even eggs). I bought some milled flax seed it and it has on the box the subsitutions equivalents. Just not sure how well it would work. Would be a great way to add fiber and heart-healthy Omega-3 to recipes.

    Jan

    December 14, 2007

    Yum - these sound gooooood!

    Laura

    December 16, 2007

    I these this afternoon while I was baking gingerbread men with my son! The recipe next to the gingerbread was Old-Fashioned Teacakes, and the description said a teacake is a cross between a cookie and a cake. Who woulda thought there was a real name for that?!? Ricotta Teacakes sounds great!

    roni

    December 16, 2007

    Awwe man! SO I didn't invent some new kind of delicious dessert?!? LMAO!

    coral

    December 18, 2007

    Man...I wish I lived where you did. I have looked at 5 different stores for FF Ricotta. It just doesn't exist!!!

    roni

    December 19, 2007

    coral - Really?!? It's all over here. Normally right next to the "real" stuff. I've only seen it in the smaller containers though, not the big ones.

    T-Wan

    December 20, 2007

    I made a batch of these last night for "ME" hubby has peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies but he's eating up my Ca-ookies. Great job in coming up this one. Now can you come up with a peanut butter oatmeal cookie for me...I don't like the texture of oatmeal cooked the normal way.

    roni

    December 21, 2007

    T-Wan - That is TOO cool! I'm so glad you guys liked them! I'll be making my next batch this weekend. Thank you SO much for letting me know!

    Char

    December 27, 2007

    These look so great...and sound delicious!! I am going to try them this week...going to the grocerie store this evening with a couple of your recipes as well as your "pantry list"! :)

    Barbi

    January 6, 2008

    I have been wanting to make these for couple weeks and finally did it today. I thought they were really good. They kind of remind me of a scone. I think these could easily be mini muffins too...the texture is perfect for a muffin. The base dough could be made into all kinds of things by changing the flavoring. Great recipe! Thanks so much. - Barbi

    Barbi

    January 10, 2008

    I just wanted to follow up on my previous comment. Not only did I really like these ca-ookies, but my kids love them! In fact, my 11 year old's friend told me that these were the best cookies he ever tasted! My 15 y.o. dd requested I make more this weekend! Thanks again! - Barbi

    Stephanie

    January 11, 2008

    I love these. I made these for the holidays and it helped out a lot! I couldn't find FF Ricotta though so I had to use light. (I checked 3 different grocery stores too).

    Nikki

    January 21, 2008

    Hey Roni- Great site I have tried just about everything on here and my cooking skills and sense are getting better and better everyday. Although I used Whole Wheat flour as I assumed that was the same thing as whole wheat pastry flour? My cookies turned out great and as I made the first batch then for the 2nd I added in 2 tbls of dried cranberries and instead of spinkles on top I added in 2 tbls of chocolate sprinkles as well and they came out delish! Thank you so much!

    Blayne

    July 16, 2008

    OMGOSH Roni! I am new to your site and LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes! I tried these this weekend and they were UNBELIEVABLE! It was sooo difficult to not eat the entire batch in one sitting! Needless to say, they were gone within two days! :) I love this recipe - thank you so much!

    Marla Schwartz

    December 14, 2009

    I'm planning on making these for a Cookie exchange. I've never used whole wheat pastry flour. Can you normally find it in a regular grocery store?

    roni

    December 14, 2009

    Marla - You probably can. I've seen it at most stores here in Maryland. It's normally the same brand... Whole Wheat Pastry Flour sometimes in a small blue bag. Hope that helps!

    rollercoaster

    February 23, 2010

    Made these last night and they are so good! I can see myself overdoing it on these because they aren't supersweet and they are cake like but chewy! Dangerous. If you want them sweeter, definitely do the sprinkles. I can even imagine some apple chunks in this. It's almost like a muffinlike texture. Delish!

    Aimee

    April 23, 2011

    I'm making these now. They look great! Should they be stored in the refrigerator? Just wondering. I don't typically like baked goods in the refrigerator, but I'm wondering about the cheese.

    roni

    April 25, 2011

    Hope you liked them! You can store in an airtight container. The fridge is fine but no necessary.