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Big, Soft, Almost Fat-Free Chocolate Cookies (Weight Watchers 2 points)

As Valentine’s Day is a day of decadence, it’s hard to resist all the Valentines Day temptations that we are seeing all over.  Did you know  it’s easy to swap ingredients to make a favorite recipe healthier with just a few tips:

  1. Replace half the fat of any cookie recipe with an equivalent amount of unsweetened applesauce or mashed-up, ripe banana. If you do so, always double the amount of vanilla or other spices in the recipe.
  2. Always cream the butter or shortening for at least 2 minutes in the mixer at medium speed. More tender cookies have more air beaten into the batter. But once you add the flour, never beat the batter, only stir with a wooden spoon, just until moistened and incorporated. You don’t want the glutens to get stiff.
  3. If a recipe calls for two whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites; if it calls for 3 whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites.
  4. Replace walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts with almonds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, or unsalted sunflower seeds.
  5. If you replace buttermilk or sour cream with low-fat buttermilk or fat-free sour cream, use cake flour rather than all-purpose flour for more tender cookies.

You can still get your sweet fix today (or any day) with out blowing your diet!!
Instead of chocolate & strawberry cupcakesCherry Sweetheart cake, or Butter Cookies ………try Big, Soft, Almost Fat-Free Chocolate Cookies! You can have chocolate cookies and still stay on your plan!

Almost Fat Free Chocolate Cookies

I plugged this recipe into the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion app on my iPad and found they were only 2 points each on the new PointsPlus program!

The Kitchen Companion app makes it a breeze to follow a recipe on the iPad while I cook/bake.  I can check off ingredients as I go (not that I’ve ever forgotten an ingredient, ehmmm), and even set a timer right in the app.

Don’t you just love that handy dandy rack I got for the iPad?….I’ll be sharing more about that soon!

The recipe calls for rounded tablespoonfuls, normally I wouldn’t bother measuring, but since I wanted to be sure to get the correct size for my 2 points, I used a measuring spoon to drop each cookie on the pan. (Besides, I had to show off my adorable new apron I got from a certain roommate I shared a room with recently)

The recipe says you should get about 24 cookies, I got 30.

Big, Soft, Almost Fat Free Chocolate Cookies

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24

Big, Soft, Almost Fat Free Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate square
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp table salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chocolate square in a small bowl and microwave on High 15 seconds, stir, then continue microwaving in 10 second increments until mostly melted. Remove from the microwave and continue stirring until completely melted. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer on high, beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy, about 30 seconds. Beat in both sugars and vanilla until creamy (about 1 minute). Beat in the melted chocolate. Remove the beaters and stir in the flour, whole-wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt all at once with a wooden spoon, just until moistened.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake until puffed, about 15 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then cool completely on a rack. Cool the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking additional batches.

Notes

Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

1. Replace half the fat of any cookie recipe with an equivalent amount of unsweetened applesauce or mashed-up, ripe banana. If you do so, always double the amount of vanilla or other spices in the recipe.

2. Always cream the butter or shortening for at least 2 minutes in the mixer at medium speed. More tender cookies have more air beaten into the batter. But once you add the flour, never beat the batter, only stir with a wooden spoon, just until moistened and incorporated. You don’t want the glutens to get stiff.

3. If a recipe calls for two whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites; if it calls for 3 whole eggs, use 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites.

4. Replace walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts with almonds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, or unsalted sunflower seeds.

5. If you replace buttermilk or sour cream with low-fat buttermilk or fat-free sour cream, use cake flour rather than all-purpose flour for more tender cookies.

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*Disclosure:  No compensation was received for this post. I am a Weight Watchers Insider for the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program and have received complimentary online access to Weight Watchers, an IPad with the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion App downloaded, and other tools. My opinions and love of chocolate are all my own.

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

33 Responses to “Big, Soft, Almost Fat-Free Chocolate Cookies (Weight Watchers 2 points)”

  1. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on February 14, 2011 at 7:30 am (#
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    The hubs and I have returned from a week of eating barbecue and mexican food in San Antonio with a resolve to healthier eating. These are going to be great for our equal chocolate need. Thanks, Cheryl!

  2. angie {the arthur clan} posted on February 14, 2011 at 8:20 am (#
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    I think I’m in love with you for this recipe! ;) Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Cookbook Queen posted on February 14, 2011 at 8:27 am (#
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    Girl…I signed up for a weight loss challenge that starts TODAY–so this is just in the nick of time!! I wish we had thought about the fact that today is Valentines Day!! No chocolates for me. SIgh

  4. Beth posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:38 am (#
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    Love this recipe I will be making this today! I am a little jealus of that that ipad holder!!

  5. Tracy posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:42 am (#
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    Wow, these cookies look delicious and how wonderful that they’re so low-fat! Yum!

  6. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:42 am (#
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    These are really great tips for making a recipe lighter…..I need to do some experimenting! I downloaded that app on my new iPad because you recommended it! Thank you so much! Now if only they had an app for tracking daily points! (I’m sure it’s in the works.)

    PS…..I love that apron. ;)
    PPS….Happy Valentine’s Day! ?

  7. Andrea - Moody Mama Says posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:32 am (#
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    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious! I love the iPad holder in your kitchen. That’s a wonderful idea! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. naomi posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 am (#
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    Great tips, Cheryl! The cookies look fab!

  9. Amanda posted on February 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm (#
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    Great recipe and tips Cheryl!! I love the baking substitutions you listed at the top… SO useful!!!

  10. Melinda posted on February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm (#
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    I love it! Chocolate cookies for only 2 points! Now that’s my love language!

  11. Lauren from Lauren's Latest posted on February 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm (#
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    This is my kind of treat! One that I don’t really have to feel guilty about eating!

  12. Paula posted on February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm (#
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    These look just like the chocolate drop cookies my Mom made all the time when we were kids (‘cept ours weren’t almost fat free).

  13. Mandy posted on February 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm (#
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    I love the image of the iPad on the cookbook stand – very progressive :)

  14. bj posted on February 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm (#
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    My soups are hot and ready to serve so I’ll come around later when Mr. Linky arrives. :))) What time might that be?
    Can’t wait to see all the good soups…ummmmm
    xo bj

  15. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted on February 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm (#
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    I love this post- love the tips and I have bookmarked it for future use! Those WW cookie recipes sure come in handy. I’ll have to check out the app for sure as I did not know about that one! Thanks for the link love!

  16. teresa posted on February 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm (#
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    Oh Cheryl!
    I LOVE it that you are featuring WW friendly recipes!
    Keep em comin’ and maybe I will STICK to WW! ;o)
    I really do think I need to be hypnotized!
    These cookies look YUM~o~LA!
    Gotta try!
    And I am LOVIN’ that fancy iPad propped up for you to follow!
    How COOL is that!
    And I’m like Bridget…I LOVE that apron!!!!!!!!!
    Love you too girlie!
    xoxoxoxo

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on February 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm (#
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    Great tips for lowering the fat in baking, love your ipad and ipad holder, wish I had one! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  18. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm (#
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    Great tips! And I LOVE your new apron!!

  19. cheryl posted on February 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm (#
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    Oh yum!! Thanks for the recipe!! I’ll link up a soup recipe tomorrow!

  20. Wenderly posted on February 15, 2011 at 10:45 am (#
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    Fabulous tips! And I simply *adore* that apron by the way!

  21. Worlds Best Information posted on February 16, 2011 at 6:09 am (#
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    My Two little ANGELS are very crazy for this so I regularly serve them on Weekends so thanks for this…..This stuff is rated on this weekend…SURPRISE for L.A.

  22. Lauren at KeepItSweet posted on February 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm (#
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    These look like terrific ligher cookies! I would love to have an IPad to play with!!

  23. Midwest Mom posted on February 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm (#
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    Cheryl,
    I love your site and visit often for sweet inspiration, but lately it feels like a massive product placement. Bounce, Weight Watchers, anyone who will send you a free IPad.
    I like it more when you write about things that you aren’t “endorsing”.
    I will always stop by and see what’s up on your page. It’s an awesome blog. Please don’t take this as anything but constructive criticism. :)

  24. Kristen posted on February 17, 2011 at 8:43 am (#
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    Making these today…after I hit the gym!

  25. Lacie posted on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm (#
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    These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I found you at the weekend wrap up party where I shared Weight Watchers’ Chocolate Chip Cheesecake recipe. I’m soo excited to have found another blogger sharing WW recipes. I am your newest follower :)

  26. Ethnic Girl posted on February 19, 2011 at 9:36 am (#
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    I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  27. Kelly posted on March 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm (#
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    Sorry I’m a little late to the game, but do you have any idea if the WW points would change if you used only all purpose flour and no whole wheat flour? Thank you!

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