Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sweet Substitutions: Chocolate Chip Cookies

So welcome, welcome to my newest feature on the blog.  The sweet substitution posts will be done with the help of my sister.  Between the two of us she bakes far more than I do.  Between tending to not have the patience for the measuring (as readers of this blog have no doubt noticed) and not having a whole lot of sugar in my diet I just don't seem to make delicious desserts, which is a shame.  However, with a group of sorority sisters and fraternity boys at her disposal, my sister isn't lacking people to try the sweets that she makes.  The ones posted here make substitutions to the typical oil, egg, and sugars to make the desserts a bit healthier without being any less delicious.  She said that the texture and flavor were just as good, and that the applesauce and banana played very nicely off of the chocolate.

You will need:
1 Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Packet
1 Banana
1/2c Unsweetened applesauce
*1 Heaping Tablespoon Creamy Peanut Butter (Optional, can help make cookies a bit firmer)

Preheat the oven to 350. Mash the banana in a bowl until smooth.  Add the applesauce and blend together. Blend in the peanut butter if using.  Add the dry mix into a large bowl and then add in the applesauce/banana mix and stir until the batter is moist throughout.  Portion out the cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cookies may not seem firm but will get there as they cool.

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