Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cocoa Fudge Cookies and Picnik

Cocoa fudge cookies

I learned about Picnik reading this blog – I highly recommend it, even though it’s not about food; I found it while searching for good home décor ideas – my house could use some color right now.

It is a fun, easy to use tool. My sister absolutely loved it – she’s 14 and has tons of photos of her teen friends and dogs. You do the math. :)

I made these cookies ages ago, but wasn’t pleased with the photos. I kept postponing the recipe until I thought that it was good and deserved to be shared. I don’t have much experience with low fat baking but I want to learn more about it. If you are interested in that too, my friend JB has wonderful recipes on her blog.

Cocoa Fudge Cookies
from The All-New Complete Cooking Light Cookboook

1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (60g) packed brown sugar
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with baking paper, lightly coated with cooking spray.

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Sift together flour, soda, and salt; set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa powder and sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand). Add yogurt and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until almost set. Cool on pans 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Makes 2 dozen – I got 28 even after eating loads of dough (1 cookie = 78 calories)


Mumsy said...

Oh my! You are going to kill me Patricia!

Deborah said...

I love the dark color of these cookies!! I don't bake low-fat very often at all, but if this is what it looks like - I'm in!

Anonymous said...

Those look so dark and fudgey, I wouldn't have guessed that they're low fat!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Another delicious cookie from your kitchen!

LyB said...

Thank you so much for those links, so very interesting! And those cookies! They really look decadent, yum!

Mar said...

I made those cookies for Valentine's Day last year quickly before school and was complimented dearly on them. I think I've made them since then, but I'm not sure.

bakeorbreak said...

Yum! These look delicious! I've been wanting that cookbook. If these cookies are any indication, I should move it up on my wishlist.

test it comm said...

Those dark chocolate cookies look good!

Susan @ SGCC said...

I've never seen yogurt in a cookie recipe. They look delicious! Low fat is an extra bonus.

Peabody said...

Some serious chocolate overload!!! Love it.

Sarah said...

Yum! I like sticking yogurt in recipes...you definitely can't tell with this one. Looks delicious!

Helene said...

Oh yum! I love how dark and fudgey they are!

Silvia - Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Really yummy!!!! I usually do normal fudges but not cookies!
thank you so much also for the link to the picture site! I really needed something like this!
Have a nice day
A kiss from italy

Manggy said...

Blargh!!! I love fudge. It turns me into a sweets monster. Thanks for this (low fat) recipe!

I thought you were talking about Pik-nik, the shoestring potatoes. I was wondering how you paired it with the cookies, haha :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

They look very edible! Are they soft-centred?

Peter M said...

Cookies and cold milk for me...I still like dipping my cookies.

grace said...

yogurt, eh? very interesting. these look great--just don't make a habit of this low-fat baking business. if butter is wrong, i don't wanna be right. :)

Mama Mia said...

those cookies look perfectly chocolately!

Stella said...

Never mind the photos, I know they taste better than they look. and that's what counts in the end!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

They look fudgilicious! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm in the midst of a chocolate craze right now so these sound especially scrumptious! The cookies in your photo are begging for a nibble.

Ari (Baking and Books)

Anonymous said...

i've never tried using yogurt in a cookie recipe, this sounds good enough for me!

Emily said...

Shhh...Picnik is a secret. Just kidding.
It's one of my greatest finds! I love that site.

Cookies look great- I love the pics.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lindsey, you are so sweet, thank you!

Deb, they are very, very dark.

Hannah, me neither!

Lydia, thank you, darling!

LyB, I hope you enjoy the links!

Mar, good to know you liked them too!

Jen, that cookbook is great, I have to start making more recipes from it.

Kevin, thank you!

Susan, it was a first to me too. :)

Pea, thank you!

Sarah, I love baking cakes and muffins with yogurt, the results are amazing. But using it in cookies was a first!

Helen, thank you, sweetie!

Silvia, I hope you enjoy the site very much!
A big kiss from Brazil to you, dear!

Mark, haha, I don't know the potatoes. :)

A Fork... they are!

Peter, these go great with cold milk.

Grace, I thought so too! It's just for now and then, I promise you. :)

Lina, thank you for visiting!

Stella, I agree!

Susan, thank you, darling!

Ari, that cake you made is to die for!

Eliza, it is interesting, isn't it?

Emiline, too late, dear!
I'm kidding, too. ;)
I'm glad you like the photo - tks a bunch!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

7 tablespoons of cocoa made them so chocolate! I've really enjoyed the recipes from Cooking Light.
Wish I had two of these with my coffee this morning.

Celine said...

these look so good, Patricia! I swear your pictures were amazing to begin with, but they keep on getting better and better and more mouth-watering. kudos to you!

Anonymous said...

YUM!!! anything chocolate (and dark, at that) is a recipe for happiness in my life!

Great looking cookies!

Anonymous said...

These cookies look so chocolatey and I'll bet the brown sugar make them slightly chewy. Yum!

TBC said...

ooh! they look so rich and decadent.
The yogurt must make it nice and moist.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I am loving your blog! What great posts! I love that you do both sweet and savory...and both look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I like dark dark choco. They gives me the impression that they are not sweet, and healthier.

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