Chocolate Chip Cookies – A Healthy Makeover

Move over fat-filled cookies – make room for daddy’s new favorite sweet. Applesauce is the secret to the soft, chewy texture and the fat reduction. And there’s no skimping on chocolate, either. Hooray!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 78
Fat: 2.9 g 
Saturated fat: 1.7g
Monounsaturated fat: 0.9g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
Protein: 2.6g
Carbohydrate: 12.8g
Fiber: 0.2g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Iron: 0.5mg
Sodium: 87mg
Calcium: 20mg



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Ingredients

• 1¼ cups all-purpose flour (use whole wheat if you prefer)
• 1½ teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• ½ cup applesauce
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• ¼ cup butter, softened
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 1 large egg (or egg substitute equivalent)
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• Cooking spray



PREPARATION
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes


1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray
    and set aside.
3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring
    cups; level with a knife. Combine flour,
    baking powder, and salt in a small bowl;
    stir well with a whisk.
4. Spoon applesauce into a fine sieve over
    a bowl; let stand 15 minutes. Discard liquid.
    Scrape drained applesauce into a large bowl.
5. Add sugar and butter; beat with a mixer at
    medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2
    minutes), then beat in vanilla and egg.
6. Add in flour mixture; beating at low speed
     until well-blended.
7. Fold in chips.
8. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart
    onto coated baking sheets.
9. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until almost set.
    Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm.
10. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie







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