Butter-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? Me, after my remarkably brief stint with Group-Free Weight-Watchers. The amount of calories involved was mortifying. Add to that my natural distaste for butter and you have a good recipe for me looking for alternates. That is, until I found this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe over at All Recipes.

Some more extensive research and some wild guesses lead me to the most delicious cookie I have ever tasted:

I swoon at the memory

They may not be much to look at but by replacing the butter with equal parts applesauce and peanut butter, I took a pretty good cookie and turned it into (with all due modesty, of course) a masterpiece.

First thing’s first, a quick glance at my mise en place. The seasoned baker will notice that I have no white sugar out. There is a very simple explanation for this: I ran out of white sugar. I am also never going back, just try and make me. Besides it is one less white powder to worry about keeping straight (And as someone who has accidentally substituted salt for sugar the fewer similar looking ingredients, the better).

Those little bowls are the best kitchen purchase I have ever made

For those unfamiliar with the term, a mise en place is simply a laying out of all of the materials that will be needed as well as prepping all necessary equipment (ie, getting mixing bowls out and ready, preheating the oven, etc). When you are setting this up it will feel like a massive waste of time (Why can’t I just get the flour out when I need it?) but once you get started, it will make your life a million times easier. Doing it for a cookie recipe is like showing your work in third grade math. Yes, the teacher knows how you got there but you really need to be able to do it well once you get to differential equations. Think of it as practice for Boeuf Bourguignon.

Anyway, back to cookies!

For Delicious Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/2 (or 3/2 if you don’t mind improper fractions) cups Packed Brown Sugar (Or 1 cup Packed Brown and 1/2 cup White)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tbs Vanilla
  • 1 3/4 (7/4) cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups Instant Oats
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Morsels
Pre-heat the oven to 325F

Take two bowls: a big one and a small one. Put the flour, salt and baking soda in the small one and gently mix them a little bit. I don’t have a picture of this because it looks remarkably like a large bowl of cocaine and I do not need to go through that again. Besides, its less interesting than the other bowl, which gets the applesauce, peanut butter and brown sugar (and white sugar if you insist).

And mixy mixy mixy

Thoroughly mix the three together and add the two eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Then mix in the vanilla extract.

Or, if you are me, Generic Brand Genuine Artificial Vanilla Extract Substitute

A bit at a time (because, believe me, the last thing you want is for the cops to barge in on you when you have what you swear is flour all down your front) add the dry mix, making sure that all of the flour is combined before moving on to the next bit.

Peanut butter does make this harder to mix than normal butter.

Fold in the nuts, chocolate and oats.

Arm workout ahoy!

Drop that into vaguely cookie like shapes and cook for 10-12 minutes or until just browned. And suddenly,

Cookies!

 

What substitutions have worked for you? Have any not worked? Let me know in that pretty comment section!