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Cookies are killers.


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.

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