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

May 27th, 2014

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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

INGREDIENTS
(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)

DIRECTIONS

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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