Baking is a science, each ingredient serves a purpose for the final product. If you mess around with your substitutions too much you will wind up with a big kitchen fail. Sugar is what makes your baked goods sweet, moist, and tender. It allows leavening to occur and prolongs shelf life. It even aids in that golden brown color that makes baked goods look so tasty. That being said there are ways to cut back on the sugar without destroying a great recipe. Use the following substitutions to sweeten without overdoing it on the sugar.
Just Use Less
You can get away with reducing sugar in may cake and cookie recipes. Experiment by cutting back by ¼ cup. If that goes over well you can cut back ½ cup next time around.
Unsweetened Applesauce for Sugar
This is a great way to cut the calories in a recipe! Experts say you can do this in a 1:1 ratio but you have to cut back on the liquid in your recipe by ¼ cup. If you are wary to do a 1:1 sub then start out by replacing half of the sugar with unsweetened applesauce.
Vanilla for Sugar
100% Pure vanilla extract can add a sweet flavor to baked goods. Don’t try to get rid of all of the sugar here. Instead swap out ¼ to ½ cups of sugar and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
Recipe Remix: Chocolate Chip Cookies with Less Sugar
Almost everyone love a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. But almost everyone is also eating too much sugar. So how can we have the best of both worlds? Try out my take on the Original Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe. I made small tweaks to ingrdients to lower the sugar (and fat content) without losing out on great flavor. These are a gaureteed crowd pleaser!
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup butter softened
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies
1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
Combine your dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl. This will be your flour, baking soda,, and salt. Mix well.
In a large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Gradually add and beat in your dry mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop teaspoon sized cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes after removal from oven then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.