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Ways To Replace Oil And Butter In Cookies

August 17, 2010

Are you searching for recipes or a way to purchase cookies online? There are several options available, but many may be loaded with fats. There are simple ways to reduce the amount of butter and oil in cookies without losing the texture or flavor you crave. You can find lower fat cookies online, but creating your own masterpieces is so much more fulfilling, and quite simple. Here we’ll discuss three easy methods to make your cookies less fattening and healthier for you.

First, you can replace all or part of the oil in cookies with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce. By doing this, you end up with a cookie that has a bit more of a spongy texture than the original recipe. You can adjust the ratio of applesauce to oil to change the texture. If you like a softer, spongier cookie, then you won’t have any problem adjusting to cookies made with only applesauce. This works especially well for spice and oatmeal type cookies.

Another way to reduce the amount of oil in cookies is to replace it with white beans. Although this may sound strange, white beans make an excellent substitute for fat in many recipes. All you need to do is cook the beans thoroughly and then mash and measure them. If you’re looking for convenience, you can use mashed canned beans as well. Another way to use white beans instead of oil in cookies is to grind the beans and use the powder, but this takes a grinder, which most people don’t have. Give the beans a try in any of your recipes, especially chocolate cookies. Again, you can replace all or part of the oil. Start with replacing half the oil and then adjust to more or less depending on the texture you seek.

Finally, you can use pureed prunes in place of oil in cookies. The easiest way to do this is to purchase little jars of baby food prunes. Using prunes in place of oil works best with chewy cookies. You may need to adjust the amount of sugar in your cookie recipes as well.

Using these alternatives for oil in cookies can help make your cookies more nutritious and you can experiment with the amount of oil or other fat replaced in recipes. Fat is one of the main ingredients that makes cookies crispy, but by adjusting your ratio and choice of replacement to fat, you can still produce great cookies. If you omit all the fat, be sure to spray the baking sheet with nonstick spray before baking. Check out recipes for cookies online and have fun experimenting.

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