27 July 2011

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

My roommate and I decided to watch an episode of Cupcake Wars late last night and unsurprisingly were both overcome with intense sugar cravings before the second round even started. I couldn't decide if I wanted to run out for tasti d-lite (the guy at the place on my block has become a good friend) or throw something together in the kitchen. Maddie, my roommate, offered a deal: if I baked, she'd vacuum. Easy decision. So I went through some recipes and settled on this one for a number of reasons. 1) It's remarkably healthy (79 calories/cookie), 2) it requires only a microwave, a spoon, and a mixing bowl, and 3) the cookies, start to finish, take only 15 minutes. The original recipe comes from Cooking Light, but I eliminated a bit of butter and added chocolate chips (I think, calorie-wise, this comes out about even). Both my roommate and I thought these cookies were incredible. The outside is crispy but the inside is soft and fudgy, thanks to the addition of the yogurt. Half the batch was gone by the time Cupcake Wars was over. Best served warm, with milk.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp butter
7 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in microwave (be sure not to burn)
Stir in cocoa powder, sugars, vanilla and yogurt
Stir in flour and baking soda
Stir in chocolate chips
Drop by tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet (I use a silpat)
Baking for 10 minutes (cookies will still be gooey)
Allow to cool on hot baking sheet until firm

24 cookies

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