Creative Cooking

Substitute Avocado for Butter: Chocolate Chip Cookies

People have tried to re-create sweets with a multitude of ingredients to make them healthier. Prunes, applesauce, egg beaters, whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, etc., have all been used in baked items to replace the ingredients high in sugar and fat.

But would it have ever crossed your mind that an avocado could substitute for butter in a cookie recipe? And that it would actually taste good?

I don't know about you, but this is mind-boggling news to me. I've never used avocado as a sweet component in a dish. I've always been curious about how it would taste in a milkshake or gelato. Avocados have mild flavors, so it is easy to naturally sweeten an avocado.

Here is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that used avocado instead of butter.

First preheat the oven to 310 degrees. The original recipe I found online says to bake the cookies at 290 degrees, but this was too cool of a temperature to bake the cookies in 15 minutes.

Next, measure 1/2 cup of avocado, which is about one small avocado. Dice the the avocado into chunks and place them in a mixing bowl. Cream the avocado just like you would cream butter. Once the avocado is a little chunky, add 3/4 cup Splenda (use regular sugar if you wish). Blend the sugar and avocado until smooth, then finally add one egg and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Mix the dry ingredients by whisking together one cup of whole-wheat flour, one teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the avocado and sugar mixture; make sure that all of the bright-green avocado is blended into the cookie dough, although your dough will be a dark shade of green.

Stir in one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, or you can nix the nuts and just have chocolate chips.

Scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for at least 15 minutes. The cookies hold their shape in the oven, so if you would like a flat cookie, you will need to press the dough down into the desired shape. I love thick and gooey cookies, so I didn't press my cookies down.

Once they come out of the oven, they'll smell exactly like ordinary cookies. Adding avocado is definitely a tasty substitution for butter. Not only do you significantly reduce the fat content in cookies (one avocado has the same fat content as two tablespoons of butter) by using avocado, but you create a delicious dessert. These cookies were soft, gooey and scrumptious. I promise, you will love them. Just don't dwell on the fact that they're a little green.

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Molly Dunn
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