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Applesauce Cocoa Cookies

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease cookie sheets.(I didn’t because I have the amazing sheet from Ikea!)
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and blend well.
Sift all dry ingredients together and add alternately with applesauce and water to creamed mixture. Be sure to add flour first and last.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.

Okay, I admit, these were awful! Like little bricks! Terrible! They were intended for the first of two picnics that we are attending tomorrow. I cannot take them! Is it because I opted to use real sugar in place of the sugar substitute? Because I stirred, but didn’t sift the dry ingredients? I think it’s because they were suppose to be “healthy” and cookies are goodies not healthy. Peanut butter will be the technique I use to make cookies healthy from now on, no more applesauce cookies. These will be poolside snacks for the boys (who will eat anything at the pool because they are just ravenous when swimming) and on to recipe plan B for picnic number 1.

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