Nom, nom, nom!
14 different ways to make cookies, F-Factor 20/20 Style.
If you ask Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster, C is for Cookie—and that’s good enough for him. If you ask us, C isn’t just for Cookie, but also Can’t-stop, because these F-Factor cookies are just so out-of-control delicious, we simply cannot stop eating them. And with these cookies, that’s okay! These low-carb cookies are all-natural, gluten-free, and packed with fiber and protein. They also couldn’t be easier to make; if you work quickly, you can have a fresh batch of these cookies in front of you in less than 30 minutes from now! (If you’re going for that goal, take a moment now to preheat your oven to 350°F…) Here, we’ll go over everything you need to make these #FFACTORAPPROVED confections, what you can do with them, and suggest different ways you can jazz them up to make them your own.
Why not? Especially since these are a healthier alternative to your average store-bought ones! Cookies are delicious; they’re perhaps the ultimate comfort food. We all could use a sweet treat every once in a while, so why not whip one up that’s as good for your body as it is for your soul. Baking is also a form of self-care; it can help ease anxieties and allows you to flex those creative muscles of yours. And because the batter yields ~12 cookies per batch, it can be a cook-once-eat-often item for yourself, just as easily as it can be something to share with family or friends.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
There are a few ingredients and items you will need to have a fresh batch of 20/20 cookies. The good news is, these items are rather common; there’s a very good chance you have them all on hand at this very moment. Let’s start with equipment.
F-Factor cookies are drop cookies. This means they’re made by taking a spoonful of dough and dropping it directly onto a baking sheet and popping into the oven. So, you will need an oven and a baking sheet. You’ll also need something to mix your batter in (mixing bowl), as well as a spoon or whisk to mix your batter. We recommend a non-stick silicone baking mat to line your baking sheet, but parchment paper or tin foil coated with nonstick cooking spray will work just as well.
Of course, you can’t make 20/20 cookies without 20/20 FIBER/PROTEIN powder, so when it comes to ingredients 20/20 powder is number one. After that, it’s a few other simple ingredients: almond flour, 1 egg, baking powder, coconut oil, and unsweetened apple sauce. The coconut oil is optional, but it will make for crispier cookies. Don’t have unsweetened apple sauce? Equal parts mashed banana can be subbed in.
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Now that you have your ingredients and equipment basics, let’s talk preparations. Here’s what you’re going to do: mix all ingredients in a bowl, spoon onto a baking sheet, and bake for 12 minutes. As mentioned above, this recipe is beyond simple to prepare.
What’s great is that it’s just as easy to customize these cookies as it is to prepare them. Essentially, above describes the general concept to make these cookies; these are the most basic things you would need to make F-Factor cookies that will work. But there’s a lot more that can be done here. Think about it, just switching from Vanilla to Chocolate 20/20 Powder will yield different cookies, and the Unflavored 20/20 Powder is really a blank canvas in terms of flavor.
INFINITE DIFFERENT COOKIES, FROM 1 BASIC RECIPE
So, this is where it gets pretty cool; there is a lot of room to get creative here. Like the 20/20 pancakes, waffles, and muffins, in addition to switching up your 20/20 powder of choice, you can add other ingredients into the mix to swing the flavor and textures to your liking. To make this as simple for you as possible, we created a basic cookie recipe (see below) that you can use as a jumping-off point to create all different cookies.
Think of it as a formula: Basic recipe + desired flavors & additional ingredients = customized cookies
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS PREPARATIONS NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER COOKIE: 53 calories, 3g protein, 4g carb, 2g fiber, 2g net carb, 1g sugar, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 12mg sodium FOR JOURNALING ON THE F-FACTOR DIET (1 cookie): 4g carb, 2g fiber
NUTRITIONAL CONTENT PER COOKIE: 53 calories, 3g protein, 4g carb, 2g fiber, 2g net carb, 1g sugar, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 12mg sodium
FOR JOURNALING ON THE F-FACTOR DIET (1 cookie): 4g carb, 2g fiber
Remember, this is just the most simple, generic way to prepare 20/20 cookies. The chocolate, vanilla and the unflavored 20/20 Fiber/Protein Powders have distinct flavor profiles and serve as a basis to create endless delicious tastes. And with “additional ingredients,” the possibilities are endless.
With that being said, let’s get baking! Here are 14 different cookies you can make from our basic cookie recipe:
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – The OG recipe. Shoutout to F-Factor RD, Samantha Hass, for creating this awesome recipe, which has served as the inspiration for us to create the basic cookie above. This recipe is traditionally made with Vanilla 20/20, but Chocolate 20/20 works just as well. It’s the basic recipe plus 1 tsp cinnamon and chocolate chips. Click here for the recipe.
STANDARD SUGAR COOKIES – To make your standard sugar cookies simply follow the basic recipe using Vanilla 20/20 Powder, and mix 1 tsp vanilla extract into the batter. Optional, sprinkle Stevia in the Raw on cookies before placing in oven.
COOKIE MONSTER COOKIES – Essentially, this cookie is what you get when you follow the standard sugar cookies and mix 2 drops blue food coloring into the batter for fun. Optional, add chocolate chips.
BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIES – This cookie is so much fun. Take the basic cookie recipe, use Vanilla 20/20 Powder, and add 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract into the batter along with sprinkles of your choosing. Before popping into oven, top with additional sprinkles. Click here for the recipe.
OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES – Mix oats, raisins, and cinnamon into the basic recipe (made with Vanilla 20/20 Powder) to create these. Click here for the recipe.
CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY COOKIES – Follow the basic recipe using Chocolate 20/20 Powder. Mix in 1/3 cup dried cranberries. Optional: add 1 tsp cocoa powder.
SNICKERDOODLES – Follow the basic recipe using Vanilla 20/20 Powder and mix both 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla extract into the batter. Before placing in the oven, dust cookies with cinnamon-sugar (or a cinnamon-stevia mix).
MATCHA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – Follow the basic recipe using Vanilla 20/20 Powder. Mix 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder and chocolate chips into the batter.
ESPRESSO CHIP COOKIES – Follow the basic recipe using Chocolate 20/20 Powder. Stir 2 tsp instant coffee powder or 1/2 shot espresso into the batter, along with chocolate chips.
TOASTED COCONUT COOKIES – Mix 3 Tbsp unsweetened dried coconut flakes into the batter of the Standard Sugar Cookies. Before placing in the oven, sprinkle an additional 1-2 tbsp dried coconut flakes atop the cookies.
PB&J COOKIES – Using the basic recipe with Vanilla 20/20 Powder, add 2 Tbsp PB2 (or other powdered peanut butter) into the batter, along with 1 tsp jelly or jam of choice. Before placing in the oven, add 1/3 tsp jelly/jam in the center of each cookie.
PEANUT BUTTER CHIP COOKIES – Follow the basic recipe using Chocolate 20/20 Powder and mix 1-2 Tbsp PB2 (or other powdered peanut butter) into the batter along with miniature peanut butter morsels and chocolate chips.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES – Take the chocolate chip cookie recipe, but use Chocolate 20/20 Powder and add 1-2 tsp cocoa powder into the batter along with the chocolate chips.
EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK COOKIES – The name may be a giveaway for this one. Take the basic recipe and add whatever you have on hand that you want in your cookies. Any of the mix-ins mentioned above work, but those are only just the beginning. Don’t stop at oats – consider chia seeds, or dried fruits (we love dried cherries in this). Try spices like nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and ground ginger, or go nuts and throw pistachios, pecans, slivered almonds, or walnuts in. Mix in white chocolate chips, marshmallows, ginger chews, or toffee bits, and don’t be afraid to get salty – pretzels, potato chips, or even a sprinkle of sea salt can counterbalance the sweetness of these cookies. If it’s in your kitchen, and you want it in your cookie, throw it in your batter. Mix together and bake as usual.