CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This is the first of two "Decadent December" columns. I hit upon the name when I realized I had a few chocolate-inspired recipes on hand to give.
Savor the sweetness of a homemade dessert in either or both of these recipes in which the ingredients have been adjusted to be a little better in nutrition numbers.
We're starting out with cookies, allowing time to get them baked for Christmas. But it isn't necessary to hurry and get them done.
Often, when it was too overwhelming to make everything, seemingly at once, during the holidays, I'd hold over until January up to mid-March. By then a winter lull had set in and no one was expecting anything. I worked at my own pace without any deadlines and surprised loved ones with a treat they could enjoy because the focus was on just a few goodies.
Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 28 cookies.
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
CREAM sugars, applesauce and butter; beat in egg and vanilla; mix in flour, soda, cinnamon and salt, blending well.
STIR in oats and chocolate chips; drop onto greased cookie sheet by level tablespoonfuls or with a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop.