My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

{ Prep Time: 20 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 3 dozen }

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
butter flavored cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Spoon applesauce into a fine sieve (fine strainer) over a bowl (making sure strainer does not touch bottom of the bowl); let stand 15 mins. Discard liquid. Scrape drained applesauce into large mixing bowl. Add sugar and butter, and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 mins). Beat in vanilla and egg.
3. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups; level with a knife. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir well with a whisk.
4. Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Drop by level tablespoons 2" apart onto baking sheets. Bake for 10 mins or until almost set. Cool on baking sheets for 2-3 mins. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.

Recipe borrowed from Cooking Light Cookbook

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