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 😉
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.), 1/4 tsp. of baking powder, 1/8 tsp. of salt, and 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats. Mix, mix, mix!
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.
Once they were finished cooling, I ate one! Oops! 😉 It was just as I imagined, chocolately and soft. Delicious.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, Stevia, butter, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa mix, baking powder, salt, and oats.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing a little at a time.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes, until dough is stiff.
- Spoon batter onto the sheet in 11 evenly spaced mounds.
- 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 😉