The rain this past weekend kept Tyler and I cooped up inside. Although I do enjoy my share of couch-potato time, I couldn’t help but feel anxious about just sitting around. I had reading to do for graduate school, planning to do for work, and our apartment needed to be cleaned.
One of my favorite pasttimes when I’m anxious (or bored) is to bake. So, amidst all of this activity, I decided to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies – a classic. Unfortunately, of all of the things I had to do, going to the grocery store had not been accomplished yet. Thus, I found myself wanting to make cookies without any eggs! Grrrrr.
Not to be defeated, I knew that eggs could be substituted with applesauce, which I did have! That being said, I had tried to make cupcakes with applesauce (instead of eggs) earlier in the week and my attempt had royally failed. I baked the cupcakes for twice as long as the instructions asked, but to no avail. The insides were still completely mushy. I kept my fingers crossed for the cookies.
I started by halving Martha Stewart’s “Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip” recipe.
The instructions were easy to follow and the only change I had to make was swapping 1 egg with 1/4 cup applesauce. Once everything was mixed, the dough was very sticky. I used a spoon and my finger to dump balls of dough on the cookie sheet but a melon baller would be a great alternative if you own one. (Future wedding gift? Check.)
The recipe recommends that the cookies bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Since my oven tends to bake things rather quickly, I set the timer for 8 minutes. When the beeper went off, the edges looked slightly brown but the center still looked very mushy. So, I kept them in for another two minutes. Strangely enough, my next sheet required 12 minutes to bake. I’m not sure if the additional baking time was because of the applesauce or not, but just in case, I would recommend shooting for the ten minute mark first and adding time if necessary.
As you can see from the picture, they look egg-sactly like normal chocolate chip cookies, and they tasted just as good! =)