Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
My husband's family favorite. These are GREAT, you'll thank yourself for trying them. The chocolate is a nice surprise when you're expecting raisins! Yield and cook times are approximate. Don't over bake, this is a soft, cake-like cookie. Enjoy!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar (you can use white or 1/2 and 1/2)
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup milk chocolate chips (semi-sweet works too!)
- 1 cup applesauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cream shortening, eggs and sugar first.
- Add all other ingredients.
- Drop by spoonfuls (I use a small scoop) onto greased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8-15 minutes.
I chose this recipe for the Zaar Chef Alphabet Soup game. The first stumbling block was the amounts of baking powder and baking soda. Having experienced an overdose of these in a different (non-Zaar) recipe, I tend to be careful. I cut the amounts in half, and that was plenty of leavening. If that were the only problem, I would not be rating these so low. I also cut the amounts of spices in half, but kept the the recipe's proportions. However, with this recipe's proportions, the more strongly flavored cloves and allspice overpower the cinnamon and nutmeg. The batter was also quite thin. After baking the first batch I added 1 cup flour. The cookies now appear very nice, and have a nice texture, but they are still strongly flavored with cloves, and we actually would have preferred raisins in them over the chocolate chips. Added to say, I am happy to see that the recipe poster has changed the amount of baking powder from 1 tablespoon to 1 teaspoon. As individual preferences for spices vary greatly, I'm sure that there will be those who appreciate this recipe.
I followed the directions verbatim and had no problem with either taste or consistency of the batter. We like them a lot! My son ate 6 immediately and said he liked them because they are not too sweet. So, mianbao's comment regarding one man's meat being another's poison sure holds true with this recipe.
Leaving out the spices worked well for me. I also left out the choc. Since I was only making half the recipe and you cannot do half an egg, I subbed some starch and added a bit of extra pear puree. By the way the whole egg substitute is 1 TBL of food starch and 3 TBL applesauce (or, since i also subbed in pear puree for applesauce, then the pear).