All-Bran Cereal Box Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is adapted from the back of an All-Bran cereal box. It has a little more flour and a little less butter than the usual Toll House recipe, plus it includes 1/2 cup of softened bran which bulks up the cookies and lowers the calorie count ounce per ounce. Not that these are low cal cookies (especially my version — I doubled the chocolate!), but they have less fat, ounce per ounce, than most chocolate chip cookies and an interesting flavor from the bran. No one around here thinks they taste “healthy”. They’re just less rich.

All-Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have made this recipe before, but this time I made a few small changes which resulted in a big difference in texture. While the others were slightly cakey, this batch was denser and firmer and a little crunchier. I think it’s because I used grapeseed oil in place of some of the butter and used a bit more flour. Flour amounts are always variable depending on whether you sift and how you scoop, and this time I didn’t sift. I just stirred the flour and aerated it as usual. All in all, these are better than the last batch and I love the fact that the grapeseed oil cut some of the saturated fat and improved the texture. Like coconut oil, it’s an interesting fat to experiment with in baking, and I hope some of the health claims are true.

All-Bran Cookie Texture

Chocolate Chip Cookies with All-Bran
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Chocolate chip cookies with a little extra fiber
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup All-Bran cereal
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, preferably grapeseed oil
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11.2 ounces)**
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or 1/4 tsp if using salted butter
  • 2 cups extra dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup toasted and chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick foil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the bran cereal and water. Set aside and allow bran to soften.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, oil and both sugars until creamy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the vanilla.
  4. Stir the softened bran into the batter.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, and gradually add the flour mixture to the batter, stirring by hand or using lowest speed of mixer.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  7. Using a level tablespoon, shape dough into balls and arrange about 2 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  8. Bake cookies for 10 to 13 minutes on center rack (they should be golden brown and appear set).
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Notes
I used a full teaspoon of salt and while I liked the sweet/salty flavor, but 3/4 teaspoon is a safer bet if you don't like a hint of salt in each bite. If you use salted butter or margarine, reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.

 

Related posts:

Comments

  1. says

    Just pulled these out of the oven-I made them into bars instead of cookies in a 9 x 13 pan. I made a few changes, but I can’t help myself! This recipe is forgiving and allows for a few changes without compromising the health benefits and flavor!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Rate This Recipe: