Tuesday, October 6, 2009

try it tuesday

I know. I owe you. Big time. I totally flaked on Try It Tuesday last week. I'd blame my busy work schedule, general fatigue, lack of a good idea — but I know you don't want to hear it. Let's forgive and forget, shall we?

You know the feeling when you need. NEED. something deliciously chocolatey? That's where I was the other night and just when I thought I had everything I needed to whip up a batch gooey brownies — no butter. Agh.

Thanks to good ol' Google, I found this recipe for chocolate chip cookies sans butter.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Oil

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Stir together flour, soda and salt. Set aside.

Whisk together both types of sugar, oil, egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to oil mixture and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips

Using a tablespoon measure, scoop up dough and shape into tight rounds of about ¾ to 1 inch. Space them about 2 inches apart on two ungreased cookie sheets. The mounds should be bursting with chips. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Makes 2 dozen.

I had already sent Husband to the grocery store for vanilla ice cream to accompany my homemade chocolatey treat, so I couldn't let his good deed go to waste.


I was lucky to have three taste testers on hand — Husband, lovely friend A and lovely friend T. We all agreed that these cookies were just as good or better than the Toll House recipe I usually use — and not only did this recipe call for less grease, but oil is also cheaper to buy than butter.

While I only had vegetable oil on hand when my treat craving was out of control, in the future, I'd swap it out for a healthier oil, like canola or peanut oil. What would you use?

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