Sometimes I like to EXPERIMENT with baking...which is a tricky thing because baking is a science.
I bought some CRAISINS at the store the other day...thinking I should use them somehow. That's how it started.
I decided to make Oatmeal Craisin Cookies but then I thought...why not go further? My grandma makes cookies with APPLESAUCE sometimes...so I got to googling!
One gal said that baking with applesauce was a DISASTER. I thought I'd still go for it (grandma does it after all) and I substituted the stick of butter (1/2 Cup) with the same amount of applesauce. Applesauce can also be substituted for sugar...but that makes me a little wary of how the texture of sugar vs. applesauce will translate. Like I said, it's a SCIENCE.
So...I made some
OATMEAL CRAISIN APPLESAUCE COOKIES
Firstly, I mixed the egg and applesauce together..and it looked pretty! :-)
These were really sticky and juicy and stuck to my knife!
After chopping the craisins I added my floury mix (store bought oatmeal for quick cookie-making) and then kept adding chopped Craisins...about 1 cup.
I also added about a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips...because what can I say...I love me some chocolate!!
I baked these yummy guys at 350 degrees for 9 minutes...I usually start at 8 then experiment with the time after that cause I like em chewy!!
The texture WAS noticeable different and not as flavorful sans butter, but hey they weren't a disaster like one blogger said and I think they are scrumptious! They will be perfect with my bedtime green tea! :-) I like the Lipton Mixed Berry with a little bit o' honey.
That is all for today folks! It's time to get to some Nutrition homework! (Hopefully an informative blog post will follow.)
Have you ever tried baking with applesauce?
What other substitutions have you made to a recipe (that were or were not a disaster)?