Recipe for Cocoa Fudge Cookies
It is the New Year and most of us are trying to eat healthier. Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to starve yourself, eat only celery sticks, or deprive yourself of your favorite foods. I think sometimes "eating healthy" gets a bad rap.
I love eating healthy because I eat tasty, delicious, nutritious foods!! I also eat in moderation, sure a brownie topped with ice cream isn't the best choice, but if it is only on occasion, I say go for it! And I do!! Plus, I watch my portion sizes, if I want chips and salsa, I will have some, I just won't eat the whole bag:) And of course I have to stick in my plug for exercise, just do it. I promise you will feel better:)
So when I was craving something sweet the other day, of course I wanted to make cookies. They are my favorite. This time I opted for a healthier cookie. I found this Cocoa Fudge Cookie recipe from Cooking Light. Each cookie has 78 calories and 2.7 grams of fat. Not bad! The yogurt kept the cookies soft and chewy. The cocoa added a rich chocolaty flavor, similar to a brownie. I loved these!! They were perfect for my sweet craving, and not bad for the waistline either!!
So if you are trying to eat healthier this year, GOOD FOR YOU! Try these cookies!! And remember, eating healthy doesn't mean go on a diet! I hate that word. Eat your fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, light dairy products, etc....and sneak in your favorite treats every now and then. If you want it to be a lifestyle change you have to allow yourself everything in moderation!! Ok, enough of my health educating babbles!! Just do what works for you and be happy:)
Cocoa Fudge Cookies
Adapted from Cooking Light
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used fat free)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with baking paper, lightly coated with cooking spray. I used Silpats! Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.
I completely agree with. We eat really healthy meals around here, but I love baking so we eat sweets too. Moderation is key and exercise is important too. Cooking Light always helps also when they have great, light recipes. I will have to try this one out.
Looks great. Everyone needs a sweet treat every once in a while ;) Hows the weekend looking?
A light chocolate cookie...YEAH!
Mmm, mmm, mmm!!!
You're right, healthy does get a bad rap. Those cookies look decadent!
I would love to have few from that stack ;-)
I'm excited you don't see many cookies with yogurt in them, can't wait to try these!
Light and gorgeous! These cookies must taste incredibly good!
I agree, I don't diet!!!!! That can never work, it has to be a lifestyle change and everything in moderation. These cookies look delish and I love that they have yogurt in them.
Thanks for sharing. These look so good!
I'm going to try these. I still need my treats even thought I'm watching what I eat :)
Thank you for this recipe. I am trying to eat healthier. This will be a tasty guilt free treat.
These cookies look delicious! I am particularly impressed with how uniform they are...they look like the perfect treat.
These look wonderful! I bet you could even use brown sugar splenda and make them even better for you.
These look fantastic! I will be making these!
Your cookies look beautiful. It's nice to know that there are lower calorie versions of sweet treats out there. Thanks for sharing.
Yes! Isn't it amazing what switching to yogurt in dishes can do? I was amazed when I started doing that.
Love these indeed!
I love your healthy lifestyle pep-talk, Maria! Everything you say is so true (especially the part about moderation). I absolutely must make these cookies. They sound perfect in every way!
Diets never work in my opinion. These look great - bookmarking this one
I am trying to follow that mantra. Cookies look yummy! I love the cookie stack!
I think the key is to eat with an eye (and stomach to health) but don't deny yourself any goodies either.
On that note, a plate of your cookies with a glass of milk won't get the good Dr. pissed.
Agree 100% with you. Eating healthy does not mean celery sticks and leaves. I love your cookies and my only limitation is that I will be making them with whole wheat flour, so I don't know if that would still be crispy...
You had me at "Cocoa Fudge"
Your cookies look so good, especially the first picture. Thanks Maria for the health tips about eating. If you have more about losing weight, please share!
These really look like brownies. I might take those 78 calories and up them a bit with a big smear of icing. :)
Mary Ann-I love Cooking Light! They have some great recipes!
Erica-The weekend is looking really good since I have Friday and Monday off! Yahoo!
Happy Cook-I wish I could share the stack:)
Stephanie-Let me know if you try the Splenda!
Dawn-I love adding in yogurt!
Cathy-Glad you liked the pep talk! I could go on forever:)
Anudivya-Let me know how the whole wheat flour goes!
Lincoln- You finally commented! You made my day!
Priscilla-I am full of tips! I am a health educator so that is what I do when I am not cooking/baking:)
Sounds like a great recipe. I wonder if I could substitute low fat sour cream for the yogurt, since I rarely have plain yogurt on hand.
Healthy or not, I still crave sweets now and again. These look like they would do perfectly about now!
I love that green backround paper!
You are a good eater with self control, because I would've eaten that whole stack!
Your blog inspires me to want to cook more! I love all of the pictures you've posted. Miss ya,
yum yum, i'm all about keeping the sweets, just making them healthier!
how lovely!!! must be so good... :)
These look good, I bet they taste as good as they look too!
Those look nice and chocolaty and good!
Wow, that's a nice beautiful stack of cookies! Such a pretty picture and they look scrumptious.
Those cookies look perfect. I love it when cookies are exactly the same size and shape.
what divine-looking cookies. i'm quite smitten with them.
Those look perfect-o!
Whoa. It's hard to believe something to wonderfully chocolate looking could be light. I'm suitably impressed!
These cookies look delish! :) Since you seem to be the cookie queen...do you have a fantabulous recipe for sugar cookies??? They are my husbands FAV and I can't seem to find a decent one... Love all the recipes FYI... :)
These are a GREAT cookie! I usually make them for Christmas, but I didn't get to them this year. I love that they are soft and rich, almost brownie-like. It may be time to get some baked up.
Those look delicious and chewy! I might try making them for a party on Saturday night. I like healthy foods but sometimes you have to "trick" other people into eating healthy too by adding chocolate. :)
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