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Recipe for Cocoa Fudge Cookies

Recipe for Cocoa Fudge Cookies

It is the New Year and most of us are trying to eat healthier. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself, eat only celery sticks, or deprive yourself of your favorite foods. I think sometimes “eating healthy” gets a bad rap.

I love eating healthy because I eat tasty, delicious, nutritious foods!! I also eat in moderation, sure a brownie topped with ice cream isn’t the best choice, but if it is only on occasion, I say go for it! And I do!! Plus, I watch my portion sizes, if I want chips and salsa, I will have some, I just won’t eat the whole bag:) And of course I have to stick in my plug for exercise, just do it. I promise you will feel better:)

So when I was craving something sweet the other day, of course I wanted to make cookies. They are my favorite. This time I opted for a healthier cookie. I found this Cocoa Fudge Cookie recipe from Cooking Light. Each cookie has 78 calories and 2.7 grams of fat. Not bad! The yogurt kept the cookies soft and chewy. The cocoa added a rich chocolaty flavor, similar to a brownie. I loved these!! They were perfect for my sweet craving, and not bad for the waistline either!!

So if you are trying to eat healthier this year, GOOD FOR YOU! Try these cookies!! And remember, eating healthy doesn’t mean go on a diet! I hate that word. Eat your fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, light dairy products, etc….and sneak in your favorite treats every now and then. If you want it to be a lifestyle change you have to allow yourself everything in moderation!! Ok, enough of my health educating babbles!! Just do what works for you and be happy:)

Cocoa Fudge Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes


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


Preheat oven to 350ºF; line 2 baking sheets with baking paper, lightly coated with cooking spray. I used Silpats! 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.

Recipe from Cooking Light

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45 Responses to “Recipe for Cocoa Fudge Cookies”

  1. Mary Ann — January 15, 2009 @ 7:28 am

    I completely agree with. We eat really healthy meals around here, but I love baking so we eat sweets too. Moderation is key and exercise is important too. Cooking Light always helps also when they have great, light recipes. I will have to try this one out.

  2. Erica — January 15, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    Looks great. Everyone needs a sweet treat every once in a while 😉 Hows the weekend looking?

  3. Meg — January 15, 2009 @ 7:46 am

    A light chocolate cookie…YEAH!

  4. VeggieGirl — January 15, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    Mmm, mmm, mmm!!!

  5. Katherine Aucoin — January 15, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    You’re right, healthy does get a bad rap. Those cookies look decadent!

  6. Happy cook — January 15, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    I would love to have few from that stack 😉

  7. Allie — January 15, 2009 @ 8:30 am

    I’m excited you don’t see many cookies with yogurt in them, can’t wait to try these!

  8. Rosa's Yummy Yums — January 15, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    Light and gorgeous! These cookies must taste incredibly good!



  9. Live.Love.Eat — January 15, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    I agree, I don’t diet!!!!! That can never work, it has to be a lifestyle change and everything in moderation. These cookies look delish and I love that they have yogurt in them.

  10. What's for Supper? — January 15, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    Thanks for sharing. These look so good!

  11. Theresa — January 15, 2009 @ 9:03 am

    I’m going to try these. I still need my treats even thought I’m watching what I eat :)

  12. Pam — January 15, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I am trying to eat healthier. This will be a tasty guilt free treat.

  13. Veronica — January 15, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    These cookies look delicious! I am particularly impressed with how uniform they are…they look like the perfect treat.

  14. Stephanie — January 15, 2009 @ 10:47 am

    These look wonderful! I bet you could even use brown sugar splenda and make them even better for you.

  15. April — January 15, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    These look fantastic! I will be making these!

  16. Mary — January 15, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    Your cookies look beautiful. It’s nice to know that there are lower calorie versions of sweet treats out there. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Dawn — January 15, 2009 @ 11:02 am

    Yes! Isn’t it amazing what switching to yogurt in dishes can do? I was amazed when I started doing that.
    Love these indeed!

  18. Cathy — January 15, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    I love your healthy lifestyle pep-talk, Maria! Everything you say is so true (especially the part about moderation). I absolutely must make these cookies. They sound perfect in every way!

  19. Beth — January 15, 2009 @ 12:18 pm

    Diets never work in my opinion. These look great – bookmarking this one

  20. Reeni♥ — January 15, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    I am trying to follow that mantra. Cookies look yummy! I love the cookie stack!

  21. Peter M — January 15, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

    I think the key is to eat with an eye (and stomach to health) but don’t deny yourself any goodies either.

    On that note, a plate of your cookies with a glass of milk won’t get the good Dr. pissed.

  22. anudivya — January 15, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    Agree 100% with you. Eating healthy does not mean celery sticks and leaves. I love your cookies and my only limitation is that I will be making them with whole wheat flour, so I don’t know if that would still be crispy…

  23. Lincoln — January 15, 2009 @ 1:46 pm


    You had me at “Cocoa Fudge”

  24. Priscilla — January 15, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    Your cookies look so good, especially the first picture. Thanks Maria for the health tips about eating. If you have more about losing weight, please share!

  25. Culinarywannabe — January 15, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

    These really look like brownies. I might take those 78 calories and up them a bit with a big smear of icing. :)

  26. Maria — January 15, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    Mary Ann-I love Cooking Light! They have some great recipes!

    Erica-The weekend is looking really good since I have Friday and Monday off! Yahoo!

    Happy Cook-I wish I could share the stack:)

    Stephanie-Let me know if you try the Splenda!

    Dawn-I love adding in yogurt!

    Cathy-Glad you liked the pep talk! I could go on forever:)

    Peter-Great tips!

    Anudivya-Let me know how the whole wheat flour goes!

    Lincoln- You finally commented! You made my day!

    Priscilla-I am full of tips! I am a health educator so that is what I do when I am not cooking/baking:)

  27. Barbara Bakes — January 15, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe. I wonder if I could substitute low fat sour cream for the yogurt, since I rarely have plain yogurt on hand.

  28. Bridgett — January 15, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    Healthy or not, I still crave sweets now and again. These look like they would do perfectly about now!

  29. Stacey Snacks — January 15, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

    I love that green backround paper!
    You are a good eater with self control, because I would’ve eaten that whole stack!

  30. Lauren and Trevor — January 15, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    Your blog inspires me to want to cook more! I love all of the pictures you’ve posted. Miss ya,

  31. ttfn300 — January 15, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

    yum yum, i’m all about keeping the sweets, just making them healthier!

  32. mikky — January 15, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    how lovely!!! must be so good… :)

  33. Bunny — January 15, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    These look good, I bet they taste as good as they look too!

  34. Kevin — January 15, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

    Those look nice and chocolaty and good!

  35. Emily — January 15, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    Wow, that’s a nice beautiful stack of cookies! Such a pretty picture and they look scrumptious.

  36. The Sugar Fairy — January 16, 2009 @ 12:18 am

    Those cookies look perfect. I love it when cookies are exactly the same size and shape.

  37. Grace — January 16, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    what divine-looking cookies. i’m quite smitten with them.

  38. Katrina — January 16, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    Those look perfect-o!

  39. The Short (dis)Order Cook — January 16, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    Whoa. It’s hard to believe something to wonderfully chocolate looking could be light. I’m suitably impressed!

  40. Davis Fam — January 16, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

    These cookies look delish! :) Since you seem to be the cookie queen…do you have a fantabulous recipe for sugar cookies??? They are my husbands FAV and I can’t seem to find a decent one… Love all the recipes FYI… :)

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