Makes 48 little cookies
Non-stick cooking spray
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar or Splenda for baking
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat two cookie sheets with a non-stick cooking spray.
In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium size bowl (or Kitchen Aid) place cocoa powder, butter and sugar and beat with mixer. Next add the apple sauce and vanilla extract and mix until completely blended. Stir flour mixture into cocoa batter with a stiff spatula or wooden spoon.
Shape batter into 48 “marble-sized” balls. Arrange cookie balls at least one inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake about 8 minutes – until set.
Remove from oven and allow cookies to stand for only one minute.
Remove to wire rack to cool and with a plate underneath;
sprinkle cookie bites with powdered sugar. Just pop one in your mouth and enjoy!
Note: Store extra cookie bites in a freezer container or plastic bag to keep freshness.