Last night I went to a cookie exchange and came home with 9 dozen of different cookies. All very yummy looking but man I know the calories that are probably in each one of them...EEK! Although I watch what I eat, I love cookies so do indulge in my favorites every once in awhile. Sometimes it just feels so comforting for me to make a warm batch of cookies.
There's something very homey about the process of baking and the smells it creates in your kitchen especially when it's so cold outside. These cookies are perfect out of the oven with the melted dark chocolate chunks. My girls had no clue there was granola or even flax seed baked in them. I like to make more bit sized cookies and this recipe will make 2 dozen of them at 94 calories each!
Another great option for a cookie exchange...
1 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup no-trans-fat vegetable oil spread
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups granola
5 oz dark or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Optional: 2 tbsp Milled Flax Seed
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
3. In small bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.
4. In medium bowl, beat sugars, vegetable oil spread and applesauce with electric mixer or by hand until smooth.
5. Beat in egg and vanilla.
6. Gradually beat in flour mixture from step #4.
7. Stir in granola (breaking up any large pieces) and chocolate.
8. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Cool and move to cooling racks.
11. Enjoy these soft chewy cookie alternative.