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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Best. Cookies. Ever!

I was in the mood for some cookies today, so I turned to my new friend Joy the Baker. (Ok, I don't actually know her. But she sure makes some tasty-looking things! Oh, and I am jealous of the fact that she just got a kitten. Very. Jealous.) I started with her recipe, and changed just a few things (of course). I did not want to use any eggs, as I was "egged out" after those brownies from last week. I also didn't want to use an entire cup of butter. (Seriously? Who do you think I am here? Pioneer Woman?) So, for very tasty (and relatively healthy) cookies, read on! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies: 1/2 c. butter, softened 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce 1 c. granulated sugar 1 c. brown sugar, packed 1 banana (mine was frozen, but still ok) 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. oats 2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 3/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli Bittersweet) 1/2 c. coconut 1/2 c. walnuts Mix together sugars, butter, applesauce and banana. Then add in oats, leavening agents (b. powder-salt), and spices. Slowly add in the flour and mix-ins. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased or parchment-covered cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies. (Despite the fact that Joy says it makes 2 1/2 dozen. She must make giant cookies!)
Try to not eat the entire batch at once!

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