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Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked with Applesauce.

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If you are feeling guilty about eating all those buttery, gut-busting holiday cookies, you can always try a healthier version of this chocolate chip cookie, baked with applesauce instead of the full stick or two of butter. It won’t have all that greasy goodness though, so beware. Rather, they are more chewy and cake-like, and not overly sweet except for the hint of applesauce, and chocolate chips.

Psychologically, it works for me.

Chocolate chip cookies baked with applesauce (makes 24)

printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, drained
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain applesauce using a fine mesh sieve over a bowl.

2) In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, applesauce, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg together.

3) Add chips to batter, mix until well combined. Place spoonfuls of batter evenly apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Take out of oven and place cookies on a cookie rack to cool.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drain applesauce using a fine mesh sieve over a bowl.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, applesauce, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and egg together.

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Add chips to batter, mix until well combined.

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Place spoonfuls of batter evenly apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

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Take out of oven and place cookies on a cookie rack to cool.

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The end result is a very non-greasy cookie, with a chewy though cake-like consistency. Since I don’t like overly sugary things, I would probably make this again instead of normal chocolate chip cookies. Not just for the health factor, but because I feel like they aren’t clogging my arteries if I eat three of these versus 3 ‘normal’ cookies.

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Brown Edge Wafers.

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Here is my first batch of cookies I am posting. They are called brown edge wafers. Pretty self-explanatory. Buttery, crispy thin wafer cookies with a hint of orange, and a light drizzling of chocolate ganache. I will definitely be making more of these tomorrow. Since half the first batch has mysteriously disappeared…. 

Brown Edge Wafers (makes 24 cookies) – adapted from KitchenAid’s Great Baking cookbook 

printable recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 sandwich bag

*if you do not have a KitchenAid mixer, use an electric mixer or mix by hand. 

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter and sugar in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Beat 15 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. 

2) Add egg, vanilla and orange peel. Beat another 30 seconds until fluffy. Stop and scrape bowl. Add flour, mixing 15 seconds or until blended. 

3) Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (or until edges turn brown). Cool on wire racks. 

4) To make chocolate ganache, combine 1/4 cup chocolate chips with teaspoon of water in microwave until melted. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream, combine until smooth and creamy. Pour ganache into a sandwich bag and cut a tiny corner off the bag to drizzle thin lines of chocolate over cookies. Let cool completely and store in containers. 

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter and sugar in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Beat 15 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl. 

Add egg, vanilla and orange peel. Beat another 30 seconds until fluffy. Stop and scrape bowl. Add flour, mixing 15 seconds or until blended. 

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Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. 

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Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (or until edges turn brown). Cool on wire racks. 

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To make chocolate ganache, combine 1/4 cup chocolate chips with teaspoon of water in microwave until melted. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream, combine until smooth and creamy. 

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Pour ganache into a sandwich bag and cut a tiny corner off the bag to drizzle thin lines of chocolate over cookies. 

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Let cool completely and store in containers. 

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Or….eat them.

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