“In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips.”

Can you stand one more dessert recipe before I move on and tell you about the harrowing experience of getting my beef soup to an edible condition and wrestling with a carrot soup?  Whatever.

This recipe uses not only my stash of applesauce, but also my stash of chocolate chips.  Maybe even some of the toffee bits.  Set the bar low and you’ll always be happy!


1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 t baking soda

2 cups flour blend, sifted

1/3 cup cacao

1 t cinnamon

1 egg

1 t vanilla

1 cup applesauce

1/2 t salt

10 ounces, or however many you have, chocolate chips, optional

nuts, maybe slivered almonds, optional


Mix together the applesauce and baking soda.  Set this aside.

Cream the shortening and sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Keep the mixer going!

Sift in the flour.  Add the cacao, cinnamon, and salt.  Add the applesauce mixture.  Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips if you’re using them.  That means set the mixer on a really low speed and add them.  I added about 1/4 cup chocolate chips and a handful of slivered almonds.

Drop by the spoonful onto a pan that’s greased or covered with parchment.  Bake at 375 for about 12 to 15minutes.



I recently read that it’s possible to substitute liquid oil for shortening in recipes.  It’s a 1 to 1 ratio.  My lazy, evil twin liked that idea.  I decided to try it in the recipe above.  The batter came out in such a liquid state that it would have been impossible to drop by the spoonful.

I decided to bake the resulting batter in a 9×12 pan.  I baked it for 15 minutes, switched it to the upper rack, and added another 10 minutes.  The toothpick didn’t come out clean and I was torn between an additional 5 minutes or 10 minutes.  And you thought you had problems!  I settled on 7 minutes.


The resulting product was a fudge delight just bursting with chocolate chips and almond goodness.  I made that up.  They were OK.  Actually edible, which is something I can’t say about everything I make.  I hope they at least freeze well.  Amen.

Loveya – The Grandma





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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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