February 09, 2013

A Better Cookie

I'm on a mission to get healthier which is in direct odds with my love/need to bake. Add in my sweet tooth, (actually I think I have a whole mouth full of sweet tooths) and I've been driven to search for healthier alternatives. This recipe is a keeper.

Low Fat Oatmeal Cookies That Don't Taste Like Low Fat Oatmeal Cookies
found here
That's the official recipe name. Okay, maybe it isn't, but it should be.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, room temperature
1/4 c plain apple sauce
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Beat in the egg, followed by the applesauce and the vanilla extract. Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Add chocolate chips just before the batter comes together.

Drop tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 9-12 min at 375F. Cookies will be light brown at the edges, but will not get as dark and golden as regular cookies.
Let cool on sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container. Make sure it's a cute one. It makes the cookies taste better.
Makes 2 dozen cookies minus however much cookie dough you ate before the cookies got baked.

You could make these without chocolate chips, but why would you want to? P.S. Emma swears these are even better than the full on butter filled version. I don't think I'd go that far but I will say that you won't in any way feel cheated by your cookie experience.


  1. that looks just like the recipe we use, except we add crasins rather than chocolate chips. It IS so good! love the cookie jar

  2. thank you!!! i have been on the same quest. those look really good. and just so you know, i WON'T be leaving out the chocolate chips.

  3. That's funny, I have that same problem: eating well vs. cookie baking. Recently cookie baking & eating have been winning....

  4. yummy! and chocolate chips are essential.

  5. I might just try this with some GF bisquick in place of the flour......

  6. great, thank you. like the idea of craisens too. May I ask where you found that cookie jar - it's the cutest I have ever seen!

  7. i have been finding a lot of new healhty options on skinnytaste.com. i don't bake much, but you might find some good ones there! these look so good

  8. I will definitely have to try these! And yes...where did you get that adorable cookie jar?

  9. I will be trying out your recipe for sure. I'm working hard to get healthy and so haven't baked in a few weeks because I don't trust myself with fresh yummies!

  10. These look SO YUMMY!!! I want to make them TOMORROW! I only have "old fashioned" oats tho...... wonder if that matters?

  11. I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies so I will have to try your recipe since they look so delicious!!!!!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  12. Just caught up on your latest posts. The colors of your home calm me. I love that cookie jar (World Market?) but it wouldn't work in my house...so I'm glad you have it and it soooo works in your new kitchen. And I love your LOVE banner. Wish I had been in that class. Happy Valentine's Day, Jen!

  13. Oh yum and what a cute cookie tin love it!

  14. i had to stop baking after gaining a few pounds. For valentines day i made the boys a pretzel brownie that was amazing, like 2 whole sticks of butter and buttercream frosting amazing, it is so hard to watch calories when you love to bake {eat}.


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