Last night, as boyfriend and I were watching Iron Man, I came to the conclusion that I am not actually making up recipes, I am simply making them in order to become a better cook. The last few weeks I have tried recipes that I normally would leave to someone else, but I’m glad that I haven’t taken the easy road (sometimes…). I feel that the direction of my blog is now centered more around my trials, errors, and successes in cooking, baking, and fitness. Since this is somewhat of a “transition” point in my life, its nice to try new things to make them habitual (aka cooking and running).
So, with that said, my blog will now (continue to) be centered around just that— my cooking concoctions (with much help from recipe bloggers) and my fitness goals.
And now, as I promised, COOKIES.
These cookies are delicious. And by the taste and the look of ‘em, you would never guess these are low-fat and low-calorie cookies. YOU HEARD ME: low calories. As in, about 80 calories per cookie, using no substitutes or artificial ingredients. That means, ladies and gentlemen, more cookies
Its almost like a buy one- get three free deal on cookie calories.
I made these for the court, and everyone loved them. Including the intense male lawyers that were yapping about hunting, fishing and MANLY activities… IN YO FACE.
So here’s the recipe for… RAISIN, CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE OATMEAL COOKIES:
(that was a mouthful)
As adapted from Nick Malgieri
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter– at room temp!
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 baking sheets lined with foil
Ice cream scoop & fork
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (racks should be on upper third and lower third of oven to evenly disperse heat)
2. In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
3. In large bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Then mix in brown sugar. Then, mix in the egg, applesauce and vanilla.
4. Stir the flour mixture into the large bowl, then add the oats, raisins and cranberries.
5. Use the ice cream scoop to scoop out cookie drops on to the foil. I usually use about 1/2 of a large ice cream scoop to measure the size. Then, lightly flatten the tops of the cookie drops with a fork. **This is the #1 tip for cookies– always use an ice cream scooper followed by a light press with the fork**
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
There you have it, amazing and healthy cookies to beat the summer heat and belly.
Now its time for some lunch with boyfriend. I just took out some fresh chocolate chip cookies that I know he will LOVE.
For that recipe classic, its on the back of the nestle bag. Seriously.