Admit it with me. You’ve vowed that you’ll start your diet tomorrow and gorged on chocolate chip cookie dough, (well, except for Joey). You bought your salted kettle chips from the gourmet grocery because, well, someone else might want to eat them. But you live alone.
You’ve sworn that after this sandwich, you’ll give up eating carbs (well, I’ve never personally done that, but you know, OTHER people).
I’m not going to pretend I’ve done the research, but I do know that at any given time there are a lot of people that claim to be dieting. Your aunt claims to be dieting as she drowns her steak caesar salad in house dressing and the woman next to you at your Weight Watchers meeting doesn’t come right out and say it but you KNOW she polished off the box of Oreo Cakesters last night when she was watching American Idol, even though she probably said she only had two.
I’ve done my fair share of dieting in my life. In high school, I used to eat a reduced-fat blueberry muffin for breakfast thinking I was eating health food. After college, I lost twenty pounds of unwanted beer weight only to promptly start a food blog and gain about half of that back three years later.
Throughout all of my experience with weight reduction and dieting I’ve learned two things:
1. If you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself. No one other than you really cares if you’re going to eat a second brownie or if you’re lying through your teeth when you say you had a salad for lunch.
2. Deprivation will never work. While there are some people who have had success losing weight by cutting carbs, cutting dairy, cutting fats, I believe that if you’re able to erase a entire food category from your diet then it probably isn’t that much of a sacrifice. I could never give up bread and I would ever give up chocolate but what I can do when I’m trying to shed or maintain weight is eat these things in moderation.
It was my quest last weekend to make some type of dessert to eat in moderation that ended in these cookies. The recipe is an adaptation of a more indulgent recipe I found in the Moosewood Dessert cookbook. In the Moosewood book these are called Cowboy cookies because it’s supposedly an adaptation of a recipe . And come on, don’t “Cowboy Cookies” sound way more fun than “No-Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies?
That’s what I thought.
I will be forthcoming and tell you that while these cookies don’t contain any butter, they taste quite like they don’t contain butter. They were hearty and definitely took the edge off my yen for chocolate, but don’t make them expecting something like this. Or you will be sorely disappointed.
Lighter Cowboy Cookies
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, white sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
2. Gradually stir in the flour and oats, then fold in the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bottoms are golden. Cool on wire racks.
Tell me about your favorite indulgences. What could you never give up if you were dieting?