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Mini-ness

13 Jul

Why is mini-ness so gosh darn cute?  Miniature things seem have a lot more novelty than their regular-sized counterparts.  Take, for instance, a muffin.  Don’t get me wrong, the average muffin is pretty cool on its own.  But it pales in comparison to the same muffin batter baked in a mini muffin tin.  And muffins are just the beginning.

You’ve got mini me, mini skirts, mini M&Ms, mini marshmallows, mini chapstick, mini pens, mini cameras, min(n)i(e) mouse, mini flashlights, mini water bottles…you catch my drift.  I must say, though, that the best mini of all the minis in mini-land is mini chocolate chips.

Why, you may be pondering, do mini chocolate chips, which aren’t much smaller than normal-sized ones, take the cake?  It’s something that the English vocabulary isn’t equipped to describe.  When those little studs of chocolate melt into a baked good, it’s like a little burst of sweetness that’s neither underwhelming nor overpowering.  It’s just.  Right.

So a word to the wise: use mini chocolate chips in this recipe!  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Whole Wheat Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Adapted from Eating Well

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 1/4 cup Egg Beaters
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F and grease an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together flours, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Continue stirring over low heat until you notice it developing a tinge of brown.  Pour into a mixing bowl.
  4. With electric mixer, beat together melted butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and Stevia on low speed until smooth.  Add Egg Beaters and vanilla and continue beating until they’re mixed in well.
  5. Manually stir in dry ingredients just until combined.
  6. Pour batter into greased baking dish and smooth with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until done.
  8. Remove from oven and allow it to cool.  Cut into 9 bars.

Did I mention to use mini chocolate chips in this recipe?  Use mini chocolate chips in this recipe!