Recipe for Cocoa Fudge Cookies

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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:)

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Cocoa Fudge Cookies

You will love these soft and chewy chocolate cookies!
4.34 from 3 votes



  • 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.


Calories: 79kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 47mg, Potassium: 32mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 73IU, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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:)

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. 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… 🙂

  17. These are a GREAT cookie! I usually make them for Christmas, but I didn’t get to them this year. I love that they are soft and rich, almost brownie-like. It may be time to get some baked up.

  18. I came across your website through this recipe, when I was trying to find something to do with the half cup of cocoa I have left. I accidentally used baking powder instead of soda (and so I added 4 tsp of powder once I realized my mistake) and rounded up the amount of cocoa (used 1/2 cup). My first batch of cookies (I have a tiny college-dorm oven) are cooling right now, they look absolutely gorgeous.

    Thank you!

  19. I just whipped these up since I was craving something and had all the ingredients on hand. They’re awesome! I cut the recipe in half because I didn’t want 2 dozen cookies in the house. I actually only ended up with 8 since mine were a little on the large side. These are definitely a keeper!

  20. I’ve been baking this recipe for many years.  I enjoyed the raves.  I did make a change, I roll each cookie dough in Granulated sugar before baking  it adds a little more attention to the cracks in the top.  Everyone loves the rich chocolate flavor and the soft texture. I also promote these cookies as healthy because of the yogurt.