Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, may need up to 1/4 cup more
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°. Place applesauce into a fine sieve over a bowl and let stand for at least 15 minutes.
Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the drained applesauce (discard the extra liquid) and mix until combined. Add vanilla and egg and mix until combined.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate small bowl and mix well. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just incorporated. If the batter is much too wet, add up to 1/4 cup more flour (though you might still need more flour, add in 2 tablespoon increments until your dough seems workable- it's hard to regulate how much one person's applesauce drained vs. another). Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto foil-lined cookies sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until bottom edge is starting to brown. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes, then remove cookies to fully cool.