I made these cookies this morning and they are really tasty. They do have that "this is a hippie cookie" taste, especially the first bite, but after that they are quite nice. Not too sweet, more like a muffin-top than a cookie. I used milk chocolate chips because that's what the girls like. They ended up liking them okay. I suspect they will like them more the second time around. These don't have the super-sweet zing that "normal" cookies have, you know? So, it takes awhile for the kids to get used to that. I'd add cinnamon next time. Actually, orange zest, nuts, dried fruit, and different spices would all be good mix-ins. The recipe is cobbled together from 3 different vegan/low-sugar recipes I have, except these aren't vegan and do have refined sugar, so go figure. Still, they are a nice sort-of-healthier version of a normal cookie.
Pretty Dang Good Cookies That Aren't Horribly Bad For You
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (or pastry flour, or white whole wheat)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons oil (or melted butter)
- 1 egg (or ground flaxseed, about a tablespoon? Not sure, you might have to experiment.)
Pre-heat oven 350 degrees fahrenheit. Mix all this stuff in a bowl—it will be pretty sticky. Drop about a tablespoon of dough onto your cookie sheets (these are prone to stick, so grease or use a silpat) and bake 12-15 minutes. They are better over baked than under baked, because they are so cakey. I feel coffee or tea is a mandatory accompaniment. Makes about 22.