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Healthy family recipe: Chocolate chip cookies

Here's a cookie recipe that cuts the calories and fat, and still tastes great!

Healthy family recipe: Chocolate chip cookies

Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

With the holidays fast approaching, many families have a tradition of making cookies together. Traditional chocolate chip cookies can have as much as 130 calories and 6 grams of fat per cookie.

Try this adapted Weight Watchers version to trim the calories to 60 and the fat to 2 grams per cookie! 

Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp light butter, softened (like Brummel and Brown Spread™ or I can’t believe it’s not butter™)
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, dark-variety
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and egg white; mix thoroughly to combine.

In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking soda; stir into batter. Add chocolate chips to batter; stir to distribute evenly throughout.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto one or two large nonstick baking sheets, leaving a small amount of space between each cookie.

Bake cookies until golden around edges, about 6 to 9 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

Makes 24 servings.

Serving size is 1 cookie

Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers


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