Thursday, September 2, 2010

Stress can be sweet.

While last week was Hell Week in the life of a university worker, this week was Hell Week Lite. Almost as busy, almost as many problems to solve and fires to put out, almost as much stress. Cooking is a great stress-reliever for me, especially cooking sweet things to satisfy my fairly agressive sweet tooth.

I'm so looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. And... to my 35th birthday this Saturday! I tend to get weird around my birthday - moody and nostalgic and not in a good way. Last weekend I had the birthday breakdown that comes just about every year, and while it made for a not-so-great weekend, I got past it just in time to celebrate full-force this weekend.

Starting on Friday with dinner with Frank at Justus Drugstore in Smithville, Missouri, our first time visiting the highly-regarded restaurant. Saturday is dinner with my parents, followed by a fireworks show at one of their friend's farms. I'm so looking forward to everything and can't wait to fill you all in on the details!

But we're not here right now to talk about my birthday. My 35th birthday. That's this weekend (I'm over the breakdown part, I promise). I mentioned something a few paragraphs back about sweet things, remember?

I have two words for you: Awesomesauce Cookies.

These cookies are, by far, the best cookies I’ve ever made. And they taste even better when you realize that they are not terrible for you! As I’ve said before, and I’ll say again – just because something isn’t bad for you doesn’t mean it tastes bad. Not only do these NOT taste bad, they taste better than darn near any cookie out there. Make these, and you won’t go back to the basic, high-fat chocolate chip cookies. I promise.

Lynn’s Awesomesauce Cookies

Servings: about 40 cookies
Weight Watchers Points: 1.5 per cookie

3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk chocolate chips
3/4 c. peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix sugars, butter, applesauce, vanilla and egg in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool on a rack and enjoy!

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