Yoga Cookies (a.k.a. Aggression Cookies)

May 27th, 2014


My good friend Nina was the first person to introduce me to these “aggression” cookies. Basically, you squeeze the butter, sugar, flour and oats by hand, so if you’re feeling a bit cranky, take it out on the cookie. It also acts as a kind of muscle relaxation exercise, like yoga. So yoga and a cookie all wrapped up in one! If I remember correctly, the recipe was from a Girl Scout cookbook she had from childhood. These are great for young kids because a flax seed and water paste take the place of the egg.  That way they can snack on the batter as they mix and mash the dough.

Nina is a wonderful cook and baker and over the years has shared so many delicious recipes with me, including a chocolate chip banana cake. I finished the whole cake in 1 day. Yes, an entire cake in one day. It was that good. Our girls are the same age (now 11, then maybe 2 or 3) and we would spend play dates baking together. I have such fond memories of our afternoons together, 2 little girls playing dress-up, coloring, snacking, and giggling all the while the smells from the oven were wafting through the warm house. So if you find yourself with a lazy, rainy afternoon, make these cookies, and along with them, some new, wonderful memories. Enjoy!

yoga cookies

(makes 12-18 cookies)

1-cup oats
½ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ stick butter (4 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
½ cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon flax seed (mixed with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl)


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat. In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Keep squeezing mixture together until a dough forms. Using your fingers (or a scooper) make 1-inch balls out of the dough. Bake for 10 minutes. These cookies need to cool, so leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.


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