Feb 212013
 

Hello there, munchkins. Did I just call you munchkins? Yes, I think I did. Well anyway, hello, and happy Thursday!

Today I’ll be sharing a recipe that I think you all are going to like, at least if your comments on yesterday’s and Tuesday’s posts are any indication! That’s right, I am sharing the recipe for Skinny Hot Cocoa Cookies today!

As I mentioned earlier this week, these cookies are Weight Watchers friendly and are only two Points Plus per cookie.They are also the perfect chocolately treat for when your sweet tooth starts hankering for dessert!

I like that these cookies have a few healthy substitutions such as using unsweetened applesauce and natural Stevia, but that they also still taste like cookies because they have some brown sugar and butter in the recipe. Super healthy cookies are great and all, but if they don’t taste like cookies, then I’m not interested. But maybe that’s just me? Haha.

Anyway, the inspiration for these cookies came from this recipe from Hungry Girl and I have to admit I did not make too many changes to the original recipe (just a few small tweaks here and there). They are geniuses so if you like this recipe, thank them not me πŸ˜‰

I love getting the Hungry Girl e-newsletters, and when I saw a recipe for a healthy and soft chocolate cookie, I was sold. I was even more intrigued by these cookies when I saw that they were made with two packets of hot cocoa, which I had never heard of before. As soon as I had some time last weekend I set to work on recreating them in my kitchen. Here’s how everything came together.

First I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then in a medium bowl, I used my hand-mixer to combine 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 3 packets of NuNaturals Stevia (regular sugar would also work- just use about 2 tbsp.), 2 tbsp. of butter (I used Brummel & Brown spread), 2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce, 1 egg, and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract.

Then in a separate bowl I combined all the dry ingredients and whisked them together. My dry ingredients included 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour, 2 packets of hot cocoa mix (look for sugar free, fat free, low calorie, etc.),Β 1/4 tsp. of baking powder, 1/8 tsp. of salt, and 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats. Mix, mix, mix!

Then I slowly added the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing a little at a time.

I kept mixing until my batter was just combined.

There!

Now for the fun part: adding the chocolate chips! I added 1/4 cup of both semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips to the cookie dough.

Then I gently folded in the chips, covered the bowl in plastic wrap, and placed it in the refrigerator for about half an hour. I think this step is probably optional, but the dough seemed a bit too liquidy to me, so I figured I better play it safe. The cookies turned out great so I think it was a good decision!

After half an hour, I took the cookies out of the fridge and spooned them onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. I baked them in the oven for about 10 minutes, just until the tops were set.

I left them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transferred them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Yummm.

Once they were finished cooling, I ate one! Oops! πŸ˜‰ It was just as I imagined, chocolately and soft. Delicious.

These cookies were delicious and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Skinny Hot Cocoa Cookies
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Serves: 11
 
These skinny chocolate cookies made with hot cocoa are perfectly decadent and soft. At only 2 WWP+ each, you won't even know these are "healthy!"
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 packets of NuNaturals Stevia (or 2 tbsp. of regular sugar*)
  • 2 tbsp. of a light buttery spread, like Brummel & Brown (or regular butter*)
  • 2 tbsp. of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 packets hot cocoa mix (look for no sugar added, low calorie, or fat free)
  • ¼ tsp. of baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp. of salt
  • ½ cup of old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup of white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, Stevia, butter, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa mix, baking powder, salt, and oats.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing a little at a time.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes, until dough is stiff.
  7. Spoon batter onto the sheet in 11 evenly spaced mounds.
  8. Bake until the tops are set, about 10 minutes.

Question of the day: Would you ever think to add hot cocoa mix to cookies? Have you ever made cookies with any other weird ingredients?

I once made cookies with a packet of vanilla pudding mix and they turned out awesome. Yumm. I might have to make those again πŸ˜‰

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 Posted by on February 21, 2013

  4 Responses to “Skinny Hot Cocoa Cookies”

  1. I used hot cocoa mix to make frozen hot chocolate and it came out really well! These look delicious and I will definitely be making them. Can’t go wrong with healthy cookies πŸ™‚

  2. I cannot believe you were actually able to wait until they cooled to eat one! I probably would have dug right in right after I pulled them out of the oven ;).

  3. Ooh never thought to use low-fat hot chocolate in cookies. I always drink this low-calories hot chocolate like every night. It’s mint flavoured and I’m literally addicted (40 calories as well!) I can’t even swap to other hot chocolates now because I love it so much. It’s probably riddled with really bad ingredients but I’m hooked!

  4. Looks delish, Chelsea! Thanks for the recipe!

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