Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

healthy chocolate chip cookies
There’s nothing... (and we mean nothing) quite like a soft, chewy, scrumptious, delectable, heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie. Ohhh man... Yeah... You can picture it, can’t you? Not too hard... Not too soft... Warm from the oven...

But just like there’s nothing quite like the perfect chocolate chip cookie, there’s also nothing quite like eating 12 such cookies and watching the scale number rise. Yeah... Not such a happy thought. Sure, you can run an extra mile or two, but really it’s not just about the calories. The fat and sugar content of most chocolate chip cookies can sabotage your health and well-being.

So what’s the answer?

Behold... A redeemed chocolate chip cookie recipe (it incorporates non-fat yogurt and applesauce in order to cut back on fat!). Less of the bad stuff. Still scrumptious. And you won’t have to feel guilty for having seconds!

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl beat butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until mixture is well blended. Add egg and beat until ingredients are combined. Add yogurt, applesauce and vanilla and mix well.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add this mixture to the bowl of wet ingredients and stir to blend. Add chocolate morsels and stir until mixed well.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough until chilled (for crispier cookies, freeze dough for at least 2 hours before baking).

When ready to bake cookies, preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease cookie sheets. Place level tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden around the edges.

Remove from the oven and let cool on cookie sheets for a couple of minutes. Then, transfer the cookies with a spatula to wire racks to cool completely. Makes approximately 3 ½ dozen.

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