Friday, July 1, 2011

Chocolate Cookie Experiment

We love homemade chocolate cookies at our house.  I have heard that you can replace white beans for shortening.  So I thought I would give it a try in the most beloved cookies in our house. 
Preheat oven to 375
Cookie dough with Shortening
Batch #1
Cream together.
1 c shortening                    3 eggs
1 c white sugar                  1 1/2 t vanilla
1 c brown sugar
Add
3 1/2 c flour                       1 1/2 t baking soda in 1 T water
1 1/2 t salt
Mix together.
1 bag chocolate chips
Mix again!
Scoop out cookie onto a cookie sheet & bake for 8 1/2 minutes
(I have a convection oven so it cooks a little faster than a normal oven)

Batch #2
Cream together.
Cookie dough with beans
1 c White beans        1 T shortening
1 c white sugar         3 eggs           
1 c brown sugar        1 1/2 t vanilla  
Add
4 c flour              1 1/2 t baking soda in 1 T water
1 1/2 t salt
Mix together.
1 bag chocolate chips
Mix again!
Scoop out cookie onto a cookie sheet & bake for 10 minutes 
(I have a convection oven so it cooks a little faster than a normal oven)

Strained beans & rinsed with cold water
Mashed beans with a potato masher added shortening

Cookies on the LEFT are with BEANS!  Cookie on the RIGHT are with SHORTENING
Bean Cookies
Shortening Cookies


After I finished making both batches of cookies, I had cookies coming out of my ears.  I first had my 4 year old try the BEAN cookies.  He ate it and didn't say a thing except can I have another.
 4 YEAR OLD APPROVED!
Next I took some to my neighbor.  They have a teenage boy and girl.  I told the mom which cookies were with BEANS and which ones were without.  I asked her to let me know what her teenagers thought of the cookies and it they could notice a difference. She told me that they didn't get very many because her husband ate most of them, but she did have them try a BEAN cookie and all the said was they thought they were a little moister and chewier.
HUSBAND and TEENAGER APPROVED!

Finally I had my mother in law try them. She told me that she preferred the BEAN cookies over the others. 
MOTHER IN LAW APPROVED!

After 2 days, the BEAN cookies are still moist and taste like I baked them today, whereas the shortening cookies are starting to get a little dry. 

So my experiment has taught me that I will be using WHITE BEANS in place of Shortening, it will be much healthier for the whole family, (in a secret way), and it still taste the same if not better!! 
LIZ & MOTHER APPROVED!

2 comments:

Melissa Rees said...

I totally just read a recipe like this but for brownies!! They look so yummy :) Love the new blog!

Kelli said...

Cool. I did not know that beans and shortening were interchangeable. Looks like we'll be having more cookies at our house!

 

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