Friday, February 28, 2014

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yup, a tasty, healthy (ish) cookie. And chocolate chip to boot. Now, I use a lot of butte in my house and I'll be the first to tell you, this recipe will not become my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. But, for those times when I want a sweet treat and want to not spiral down the sugar-guiilt road, these cookies will come into play just fine. Plus, they are good recipe to have on hand when you want to take a sweet treat to a gathering but don't want to be harassed for "making everyone fat" (I feed because I love, not because I want you to buy bigger pants). Either way, I was thrilled with how this recipe turned out. Dave thought the chewy inside was tasty, but he said that they definitely tasted like a healthy cookie. But I thought they were nutty without actually having nuts in them and liked the crisp edge surrounding the chewy center. And for a healthy cookie, they taste great. Clearly, Dave hasn't endured the flavorless, dense cardboard that can be a healthy cookie.

The Lean Green Bean

But the real reason I made these cookies is because it's time for Foodie Pen Pals! Every month I look forward to Foodie Pen Pals, a concept thought up by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean.  Go visit her blog to learn how to join--bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome!  Each month you'll have a chance to send a box full of goodies to on foodie while receiving a box for yourself.  This month we tried something new, swapping boxes with the same person.  It's a great way to try new things and meet new people. And my match this month was familiar, Ginger from Mini Me Wanna Be whom I was also matched with back in August. Ginger sent me a box full of goodies I immediately took into work to share with the ladies in the office. Nacho flavored kale chips (really good), roasted seaweed (an acquired taste, but certainly a unique snack idea), spicy wasabi edamame (so potent my coworker who was getting over a cold was immediately cleared up after just a couple!), coconut chips (Dave loved these), green tea mints, trail mix (so good), fruit spread (perfect for morning toast) and ginger candies were all crammed into my box of goodies from Ginger. Go check out her blog and her new yoga obsession. I'd never heard of aerial yoga before and now I'm determined to find a class near me! Thanks again, Ginger!

Since Ginger leans toward a healthy lifestyle, I wanted to send her some treats that she could enjoy  and incorporated into her regular treats. Enter these low fat chocolate chip cookies from Skinny Taste. The ingredients are simple and easy replacements like egg whites, applesauce, whole wheat pastry flour and mini chocolate chips make for a healthy version of a cookie classic. I doubled the recipe because I wanted some extras, and I think I made them slightly larger than Gina's so they baked a bit longer. This is definitely once healthy cookie I won't pass up.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 egg whites
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk pastry flour, flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk sugars, butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla extract until combined and mixture is pale and airy.

Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, stirring until combined.

Gently fold in mini chocolate chips.

Using a medium cookie scoop, drop dough onto parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes until set and lightly golden. Turn baking sheet 180 degrees halfway through. If using more than one sheet at a time, rotate positions in the oven for more even baking.

Allow to cool on pans for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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