Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Some days ago, I was craving for cookies, but did not want to make too rich ones. After a bit of googling around I found what I needed: "Fudgy Low-Fat Cocoa Cookies"!

This recipe was on the interesting site "Esurientes - The Comfort Zone". The recipe had already been posted by Nic of "Baking Sheet" who had taken it from "Cooking Light" by Alice Meldrich.

We all tend to think that low-fat baking is tasteless or uninteresting, but mostly we are wrong, especially regarding any kind of negative thoughts when it comes to this recipe, because it is far from being bland! Those cookies were full of flavour and chewy to please! Their sweet, round and slightly bitter taste confered by the vanilla extract and the cocoa was very pleasant. Nobody could have imagined that it was a light recipe! All in all, they were what most of us want to find in a cookie: pure "dirtiness"!!!

So, to all the people who might still have doubts concerning the taste quality of low-fat baking, I can only tell you to try those wonderful cookies and I bet that you'll change your mind very fastly as this recipe is awsome!...

Makes about 2 dozen.

1 Cup (150g) Plain white flour
1/4 Tsp Baking soda
1/8 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup (30g) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
7 Tbs Unsweetened cocoa
2/3 Cup (145g) Castor sugar
1/3 Cup (75g) Light brown sugar
1/3 Cup Plain yoghurt
1 Tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Candied/dry cherries, dry cranberries or chocolate chips (optional, I used nothing)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
3. In a large bowl, melt the butter using the "bain-marie" method.

4. Stir in the cocoa powder and sugars. Remove the bowl from the pan.
5. Stir in the yoghurt and vanilla extract.
6. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.
7. If you are using cherries or any of the above mentioned ingredients, stir them in.
8. Drop tablespoons of batter onto a parchment lined cookie tray/pan.
9. Press down slightly to flatten.
10. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until set and firm at the edges.
11. Allow to cool on the tray/pan for a few minutes (no more than five minutes, though) before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you add chocolate chips, you will up the fat content, so remember that before adding anything else than the dry/candied cherries or dry cranberries.
I used no fruits or chocolate chips and the cookies were also very fine!
Cookies do not spread a lot, therefore you have to flatten them a little.
As those cookies are low-fat, I recommend you to keep them in an air-tight container for no longer than two to three days. Already after two days, they tend to lose their chewy aspect and get a little dry (but still fine, though).

Serving suggestion:
Eat at any time with a cup of tea or coffee.

(Cocoa Powder - Pic by www.worldspice.com)


  1. Good idea with a cup of tea!

  2. Chocolate! These look really good.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. Waou, this cookies are gorgeous and yours photos're fantastic

  4. HÉLÈNE: ;-))

    TANNA: Thanks for the kind comment and for passing by, Tanna!

    FABIENNE: Many thanks for the nice comment!!!

  5. Beautiful photos and delicious sounding cookies.

    Thanks for sharing

  6. RUTH: Thanks for the nice comment!

  7. waow ils ressemblent comme deux gouttes d'eau à mes fudgy cookies à moi... trop top version light ?!... lol
    Je n'ai pas mis de yaourt , c'est la différence, et du vrai chocolat... je ne suis pas fan du cacao en poudre...
    Bravo ils sont très beaux !

  8. mmm, très jolis biscuits!

  9. Mmmmmm!
    Supers ces biscuits.

  10. THALIE: Merci! Ils sont super bons...

    LORY: Merci, Lory!

    CAMMU: Merci :-D!

  11. Ils ont l'air super appétissants!!! Miam!

  12. A low-fat chocolate cookie is always a good thing.

  13. have bookmarked to try :) will use the chocolate chips tho ;)

  14. MISSVAL: Merci! Et c'est le cas ;-P!

    FABIENNE: ;-P!!!

    CYNTHIA: That's right!

    THE TRINIGOURMET: Tell me what you think of them...

  15. Ils sont super beaux tes cookies! Ils doivent être succulent! Moi il ne faut pas me tenter avec du chocolat comme ça, car je craque tout de suite! =)

  16. AMELIE: Merci beaucoup! Effectivement, ces cookies sont délicieux! On devient vite accro...

  17. You've just made my favourites page =) I'm just learning to cook and I was craving some chocolate today, these look great!

  18. KATIE: Thanks for passing by and for the kind comment! those cookies are delicious, believe me! Cheers, Rosa.

  19. just tried it, turned out so yummy!! thank you!!! xxx