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Katie Lee is the author of Endless Summer Cookbook, The Comfort Table, and The Comfort Table: Everyday Occasions. She is the co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen, host of Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites with Katie Lee, and a judge for the popular Food Network series Halloween Baking Championship. Lee can also be regularly seen on Beat Bobby Flay, the Rachael Ray Show, and as a contributor on TODAY.
Katie Lee's Miso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You’ll Never Guess the Secret Ingredient in Katie Lee’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If I could only choose one dessert (besides frozen yogurt) to eat for the rest of my life, it would be warm chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven with a glass of milk. I am always trying to perfect my recipe. I like a chewy chocolate chip cookie, none of these flat, crispy cookies for me. Give me the chew and make it soft. I know it sounds weird, but white miso paste is the secret ingredient for the perfect cookie. You don’t taste miso, but the umami makes the chocolate even more chocolatey and gives the cookie a chewier texture. Trust.

Katie Lee's Miso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Related: Try Katie Lee’s Eggplant “Meat” Ball Sandwiches

Miso Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Serves: 24-30 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (220 g) lightly packed light brown sugar
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick/115 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/3 cup (75 ml) white miso paste
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (255 g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1½ cups (255 g) semisweet chocolate chunks

Directions:

1. Beat both sugars and the butter together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the egg, miso paste, and vanilla and beat until well mixed. Add the flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (this is very important in order to have a chewy cookie that doesn’t spread out too much).

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

3. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Use a medium ice cream scoop to portion cookie dough onto the prepared pans. Use two fingers to lightly flatten each scoop of dough. Bake, rotating and switching the pans halfway through, 13 to 14 minutes for a chewy cookie (a few minutes longer if you like a more well-done cookie). Transfer to a wire rack to cool (though I usually eat one straight out of the oven!).

Find this and more great recipes in Katie Lee Biegel’s new cookbook It’s Not Complicated: Simple Recipes for Every Day, Amazon, $36.

Katie Lee Biegel's new cookbook It's Not Complicated

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Eggplant "Meat"ball Sandwiches from Katie Lee's new cookbook, It's Not Complicated

You Won’t Believe These Eggplant “Meat” Ball Sandwiches Are Vegetarian

I love a meatball. In my quest to add plant-based recipes to my diet, I tried making meatballs out of a mixture of eggplant and mushrooms, with great results. I like adding cashews for texture as well as a little protein. These meatball sandwiches taste really indulgent (hello, melted provolone!), but I also love using the eggplant balls on spaghetti with marinara. Even your pickiest meat-eater will be very happy. Promise.

Eggplant "Meat"ball Sandwiches from Katie Lee's new cookbook, It's Not Complicated

Eggplant “Meat”Ball Sandwiches

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

6 cups (490 g) diced eggplant, peel left on (about 1 medium eggplant)
2 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz (225 g) cremini mushrooms, quartered
1/2 cup (60 g) unsalted raw cashews
1/2 cup (40 g) panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup (25 g) grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 Tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large egg, lightly whisked
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
4 kaiser rolls
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) marinara sauce (your favorite store-bought or homemade)
4 slices provolone cheese
4 fresh basil leaves
Pickled banana peppers (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).

2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Put the eggplant in a large bowl and slowly drizzle with 1 Tbsp of the oil. Stir and drizzle in an additional tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Spread out on a prepared baking sheet.

3. Combine the mushrooms and the remaining 1 tsp oil and spread on the second baking sheet. Bake the eggplant and mushrooms for 10 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 10 minutes. (Reserve one baking sheet with parchment paper to use again to bake the meatballs.)

4. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F (205°C). Pulse the eggplant a few times in a food processor until coarse in texture. Transfer to a large bowl. Pulse the mushrooms until coarse and add to the same bowl. Pulse the cashews until coarse and transfer to the bowl. (Processing everything together will make the mixture too mushy; be sure to take the time to process the ingredients one by one.) Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, parsley, egg, 1/2 tsp salt, and a little pepper. Stir to combine. Use an ice cream scoop or your hands to scoop the eggplant mixture into 12 balls and arrange them on the reserved lined baking sheet. Bake until crispy and browned, about 20 minutes.

5. Spread butter onto the kaiser rolls and toast in the oven until lightly golden brown. Toss the eggplant balls with marinara and place 3 on the bottom piece of each roll. Top with provolone and bake until the cheese melts, about 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each with a torn basil leaf and the top roll. Serve with banana peppers and grated Parmesan, if desired.

Find this and more great recipes in Katie Lee Biegel’s new cookbook It’s Not Complicated: Simple Recipes for Every Day available March 23.

Katie Lee Biegel's new cookbook It's Not Complicated

All products featured on Food Network Canada are independently selected by our editors. For more products handpicked by our editorial team, visit Food Network Canada’s Amazon storefront. However, when you buy through links in this article or on our storefront, we earn an affiliate commission.

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