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13 Secret Ingredients for Irresistible Cookies

Sesame seeds

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Cookies for breakfast? It’s OK if it’s one of these healthy Take-Along Breakfast Cookies. Made with whole-wheat flour, oats, wheat germ, and raisins, these cookies provide a nice punch of protein to start the day. Sesame seeds sprinkled on top give them a delicate crunch and a nutty aroma.

Get the recipe for Take-Along Breakfast Cookies.


Unhealthy White Mini Marshmallows in a BowlBrent Hofacker/Shutterstock

These Whoopie Cookies look like they take a lot of time in the kitchen, but they just take about 30 minutes to prepare. Start with a box of devil’s food cake mix and shape the dough into balls. While they bake, whip together some cream cheese and marshmallow creme. Once the cookies are cool, sandwich the tasty filling in the middle and enjoy.

Get the recipe for Whoopie Cookies. If you’re more of a cookie traditionalist, you need these hacks for the best chocolate chip cookies.


Light green fresh zucchini stacked in a heap shot from aboveShcherbakova Natalia/Shutterstock

A recipe that calls for peanut butter may not seem like the healthiest option. But these Peanut Butter Drops have a secret: The recipe calls for sneaking some shredded zucchini into the batter. The veggie helps keep the cookies soft, moist, and lower in calories than many other treats.

Get the recipe for Peanut Butter Drops.

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