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Chewy Lowfat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Today is a double challenge day!

First it’s part of my series of 31 Days of Warmer Connections. Every day in October, I am blogging about connections through food.

Second, I made these lovely cookies as part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE that Tina from Mom’s Crazy Cooking is hosting. There are over 65 food bloggers that will be blogging about chocolate chip cookies today–but the catch is they have to make another food blogger’s recipe. I SO want to thank Tina for taking the time to organize this and for all the reminder emails. You did such a great job of keeping us all on track! I am really excited to see what the rest of the bloggers come up with — and to meet new foodie friends who participated in this event. And to see whose recipe each one chose to make!

And so the second challenge fits in SO nicely with the first! Think of how many wonderful foodie connections this will create! Please go check out all the fun recipes and vote for your favorites!

I wanted to make something healthy, so I chose a chocolate chip cookie recipe from one of my favorite “skinny” bloggers: Gina’s Skinny Taste. She also has a pumpkin version of this recipe that I really wanted to make … BUT I had no pumpkin. So I went with the applesauce version.

The only thing I would warn you on these is don’t overcook the cookies. The first batch I cooked for 10 minutes and they just didn’t have the right texture and chew factor. The second batch I took out at about 8 minutes, a little before they really looked “done”– and after cooling for a bit, they were just perfect!

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Skinny Low-fat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

One of Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

The only changes I made was to add  a tish more salt and toasted pecans. I just really wanted nuts with my chocolate today. I made some plain chocolate chip cookies, then added the pecans to the batter, and I think the pecan ones were SO much better. The chewy cookie with the melty chocolate then add a little pecan crunch–it is really nice. Since I did make a couple changes, I am not listing the points and nutrition information that Gina included with her recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Line two cookie sheets with non-stick silicone baking liners or lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, butter, egg white, applesauce and vanilla together until light and fluffy. (I mixed the wet ingredients first, then just mixed in the dry ingredients.)
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and toasted nuts.
  5. Drop by level spoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto baking sheets.
  6. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let them stand 5 minutes before removing the cookies from the pans to cool on wire racks.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Adapted from Cooking Done Light.

Lowfat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Toasted Pecans

Vote for your favorite cookies! (This one is entry #72 in the Crazy Cooking Challenge.)

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10 responses

  1. These cookies look wonderful and lowfat?! even better!!! So glad you found my blog and made it so I can find yours!! Looking forward to future posts!

    October 8, 2011 at 10:27 am

  2. What a great idea! Of course, you realize that this means you can eat TWICE as much, right? I’m # 56 in the Challenge. Hope you’ll visit.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

  3. These cookies look delightful! I love that they are healthy! I will have to give these ones (and the pumpkin cookies) a try!

    October 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

  4. Your cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you in the challenge,I am #15. Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

    October 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  5. Hmm. Low-fat… And, yet, the ingredients suggest something really scrumptuous. Will have to make these for my sister, fellow Challenger! I’m #56. Come visit when you can…

    October 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  6. These have me wondering if I could use the lowfat aspect and combine it with a sugar substitute…hmmm. Going to give these a try.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

    October 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

  7. I’ve never made cookies with applesauce before…these look delicious though!

    October 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

  8. I can’t wait to make these…I’m always looking for something on the healthier side. SO glad you shared!!

    October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

  9. Jill Ingalls

    FYI – your number is 58, not 72.

    October 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    • Ann

      For this challenge it’s #72. The linky thing isn’t working properly here on my blog so you can’t see all the other chocolate chip cookie posts here … but if you go HERE to vote for your favorite chocolate chip cookie I’m #72: http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/10/cinnamon-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip.html … (I am #58 on the list of blogs who are participating in these challenges, but you can’t vote for me there.)

      October 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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