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Two Sisters, Serial #26 and Skinny Triple Chocolate Cookies

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Okay, okay.

So if you’ve been following this blog for long, you probably didn’t expect to see the word “skinny” anywhere in the vicinity, let alone in the title.

And there’s a reason behind that prohibition. Reading and Recipes was conceived as a website where one could indulge oneself at the end of a busy day or a long week by cooking a simple but rich and delicious dessert for one (or two) and enjoying a story or chapter from a serialized novel. The blog’s creators intended that half of the fun would be in preparing the dessert (perhaps while listening to a story) and the other half of the fun would be in eating it (perhaps while reading a story). And in order to complete the second half of the party, the dessert had to be really, really yummy. And in our experience, most times “yummy” puts padding on the “tummy.” But then its only one dessert on one night and you can always go jogging or biking tomorrow.

BUT–lo and behold–we’ve found a yummy rich dessert that is also “skinny”–as in about 100 calories per cookie. But don’t even think about that part or you’ll spoil the pleasure of nibbling on these fudgey cookies while enjoying Two Sisters, Serial #26 or any of our extensive library of fiction filed away on the “Stories” page.

(And whatever you do, don’t tell anyone we’ve got a healthy recipe on here. Don’t want to tarnish our hard-earned reputation as an escape from the real world of counting calories and fat grams.)

skinny triple chocolate cookies

Skinny Triple Chocolate Cookies

1/4 cup pumpkin puree*

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 egg white

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup whole wheat flour**

3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup milk chocolate chips

skinny chocolate cookies

In a large mixing bowl, add the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix ingredients together until sugars are incorporated into the pumpkin. Add egg white and vanilla and beat into pumpkin mixture. Slowly mix in the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt to pumpkin mixture until fully incorporated, careful not to over mix the cookie dough. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Spoon tablespoon size balls of cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheet. The dough will be very sticky, so consider spraying your spoon with cooking spray. Gently flatten each ball with the back of a spoon. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are set on the outside and still soft on the inside. Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Makes 1 dozen cookies, 106 calories per cookie.

*You can substitute equal parts applesauce or mashed banana for the pumpkin puree.

**You can use all whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour, if you prefer.

(Any alternations to the recipe may change the caloric content of the cookies.)

skinny triple chocolate cookie

{Adapted from Cooking to Perfection}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #26 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #26, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #26, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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