As a kid, my friend Laura's Aunt Roe used to warn us that cookies are killers cause you can never have just one. She was probably right. Today I decided to bake a batch of my favorite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie to test out erythritol, a no-cal sugar substitute. Last time I baked these cookies I added cranberries so I was curious to see how the recipe would react to a little dieting.
Being totally honest, my recipe didn't work as-is. Baking with erythitol requires more liquid than baking with regular sugars. I didn't know just how much so my cookies came out too dry. A few weren't bad but I need to keep experimenting. I'll report back when I make this one work. Ingredients listed below just for reference.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 8 tablespoons of butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 1 cup of erythritol
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup coarsely chopped chocolate (I used some dark I had on hand)
Side note: The erythritol has a decent flavor. It's obviously not sugar but not a bad substitute either. A little grainy. I'll make it work.