Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Bakin' Friends

It's that time of the month once again - the big reveal!

Applesauce was the secret ingredient for January and my Bakin' Friend, Nikki Chin, really came through!


Look at those babies - they are (or I should say were) so yummy and actually good for you!  Each large cookie is only 78 calories which I can certainly appreciate after all the junk I consumed (read inhaled) over the holidays!

She enclosed this beautiful card which had the recipe inside. 

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F.  Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl, stir with a whisk and set aside.

Spoon applesauce into a fine sieve over a bowl; let stand 15 minutes.  Discard liquid, scrape drained applesauce into a large bowl.  Add sugar and butter and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes).  Beat in vanilla and egg.  Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until well blended.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes or until almost set.  Cool on pan 2-3 minutes then remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

Nutritional Info.
1 cookie: approx 78 calories, 2.9 g. fat, 0.8 g. protein, 12.8 g. carbs; 0.2 g. fiber.

I highly recommend these cookies and needless to say, they are all gone!  Thank you Nikki for such a wonderful and healthy treat!

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