August 19, 2012

Perfect Light Desserts: {Recipe} Best Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies with Step by Step pictures

"Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table."
~ William Powell

Almost everybody love desserts, but hate the extra calories that come with them. Isn't it. I wished there was a way where I can enjoy a general serving of cake or a muffin, without worrying or feeling guilty and particularly without using any artificial sweeteners or other fancy synthetic substitutes. I would rather put some pounds than using such stuff. Trust me.

In short, recipes that are low calorie, high in flavor and nothing less than spectacular always appeal to me. I am sure that is the case with you guys too.

If you like this recipe, you might also like Basic Vanilla Cookie Dough + Cut-Out (Star) Cookies
Black and White Heart CookiesWheat Free Chocolate Chip cookiesOrange Pecan Cookies 

..and I ate them all!

..and for the same, I stumbled upon a perfect cookbook during my quest. Those who love baking are already aware of Nick Malgieri's popular book - "How to Bake" and for the cookbook - Perfect Light Desserts: All Under 300 Calories per generous serving, he teamed up with David Joachim, a health food writer to create lighter desserts that are not high in calories using real butter, sugar, flour and eggs. And they do it by using them in moderation and in perfect combination. Each recipe featured has a nutritional breakdown, perfect for people who are dieting and watching their calories. Today I chose to make these simple "David's Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies" which are super duper delicious and very moist. A keeper recipe.


{Recipe} Best Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Perfect Light Desserts by Nick Malgieri and David Joachim

Makes around 30 cookies

Nick's Notes: My co-author David Joachim eats tons of these moist cookies but still stays very thin. What I love about them is the fact that they are reduced in fat and sugar, yet every bit as good as traditional chocolate chip cookies. 


11/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips


Step 1: Soften butter to room temparature. Sift flour, baking soda and salt (omit if using salted butter). Set aside.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar, on medium speed for a minute. 

Step 3: Add egg, milk and vanilla.

Step 4: Beat with an electric mixer using a spatula to scrape down the mixture from edges.

Step 5: Add flour, 1/2 cup at-a-time and beat on a low-speed.  

Step 6: Fold in the chocolate chips.

Step 7: Cover and chill the dough in the bowl for about 15-20 minutes to keep the cookies from spreading too much while baking. I made just half a batch immediately and the rest on next day. Both the times, I had amazing results. Chilling the dough overnight definitely helps to hold their shape better. 

Step 8: Preheat oven to 180 C or 350 F. Form small balls using two spoons or ice cream scoop and arrange on a cookie sheet or a baking sheet 2 inches apart.

Step 9: Bake for about 8 to 12 minutes until the cookies look dull on the surface, have spread and still quite moist. Cool the cookies on the pans and then on wire racks for 5-10 mins. Slide them off and cool them completely. Keep the cookies between sheets of wax paper in a tin or an air-tight container.

just out of the oven. cooling.

all stacked up

A cookie tastes best when enjoyed with a glass of milk. Now you can have them as many as you want, guilt-free. No one can eat just one as the calorie count per cookie is less than 100 calories. How cool is that! :-)

Best Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

P.S - this is not a paid or sponsored post. I bought the cookbook, loved the recipes tested, hence decided to feature here on my blog. Stay tuned for more in coming days.

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  1. hehe.. love d noone can eat just one one :) ... i havent got my hands well on cookies yet ... jsut tried 3-4 so far, were decent , but not d crispiest best... what drives d crispiness? well ... these look so appetizing, d perfect ones one can steal out of the jar when noones watching ;)

    1. Hey babes, for crispy cookies, try substituting a portion of flour with oats. I started using Silpat sheets (in the pic above) so that I can bake a little longer without getting the bottoms burnt. Hope you get your perfect cookie real soon. :D

  2. Wow would love to have the whole batch... The cookies look so chewy and yum

    1. Thanks Vimitha. I love chewy cookies than crispy ones as they taste better with milk, me thinks :P

  3. I do not know if these are really cookies for those on a diet ( did I understand that right?) - maybe less calorie content than normal ones. All the same they look delicious and you could not stop at one for sure!

    1. Hi radha, these are definitely not "diet cookies". the intention is to enjoy the real stuff, but in moderation and without compromising on the flavor quotient. i.e instead of using 1/2 cup of butter, the recipe has only few tbsp. :-)

  4. Wow they looks stunning...perfectly baked cookies. Lovely clicks!!

  5. these look fantastic!want to grab a few thru the screen!!

  6. Looks lovely. I <3 chocolate chip cookies, got to try this

  7. low on calorie cookies are always on my 'wish list'. you are right I too find baking on siipat mats gives us more time to bake without worrying about the burnt bottom. Perfectly baked cookies

  8. Those cookies look really delicious siri..Just finished a low fat muffin wid chai and I m already craving for these cookies..

  9. cookies looks so yummy and chewy.. Very tempting... got to try this

  10. Tried this today and it was awesome! Added raisins for a's not too sweet so i can definitely feed my toddler..will definitely do this again! Thanks!

  11. theres no way this recipe is low calorie (due to butter, flour, and sugar amounts) unless these cookies are made into a size for ant people


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