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Dr. Ann’s “One Smart Cookie”

Serves 24

I specifically devised this recipe to capture and exploit the most delicious and robust combination of “brain-boosting” foods that I could fit into a cookie. Yes, it has calories and some sugar, but it is loaded with an all-star line up of brain-healthy ingredients. Be smart and practice portion control – “one” cookie is enough!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour (I prefer King Arthur brand white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup pureed prunes (I use baby food)
  • ½ cup of molasses
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large omega 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Combine the dry ingredients (oats, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, wheat germ) in a bowl and mix.

In separate bowl beat oil, sugar, molasses and prune puree until well blended.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Fold the wet mixture into the   dry ingredients and gently mix.  Stir in the chocolate chips, walnuts and dried cranberries.

For each cookie, take about 2 heaping tablespoons of dough and form into a ball.  Place on a baking sheet covered in PAM spray and flatten a bit.  Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 12-14 minutes.  Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a plate or rack to cool completely. Makes about 24 medium-sized cookies.

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