Light & Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know you’re probably thinking, how can a chocolate chip cookie be light and skinny?  Well, I can tell you that after making a mound of full fat Rugelach today for the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group, this recipe for chocolate chip cookies has been greatly reduced in fat and sugar but not in flavor.  One or two of these cookies with your coffee or tea may just satisfy your sweet tooth without the serious calorie overload of traditional chocolate chip cookies.  I made this recipe two different ways, one way that produces a softer cookie and the other way which makes a crisper one, both have rich chocolate flavor and were popular with my taste testers.  The secret, cut down on butter and sugar but use good quality bittersweet chocolate baking chunks, like Scharffen Berger brand.  These lighter chocolate chip cookies are truly every bit as good as the traditional Toll House variety and you won’t miss the extra calories, promise!

Ingredients and Directions for Light & Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Perfect Light Desserts by Nick Malgieri

Makes 2 & 1/2 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats

1 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bag (6 ounces) Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Baking Chunks

In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.  In the bowl of a standing mixer beat together the butter and sugars until mixed, about 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla.  The mixture will look curdled, don’t worry!  Add the flour mixture on a low speed and fold in the chocolate chips.  Place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes before forming into cookies.  Use a teaspoon to form the cookies, about 1 inch balls of dough.  Place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet, about 15 cookies on each baking sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes, until slightly golden.  Cool cookies on baking sheets for a few minutes before removing  to continue cooling on metal racks.  This is a recipe for softer cookies, if you would like crisper cookies, add 1 tablespoon additional unsalted butter to the sugars and bake for closer to 12 minutes.

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  1. They look delicious. I guess that they went on a “diet” is your secret! ;) Of course, I am waitin' to see those full-fat rugelach soon! Happy weekend, Patty!

  2. Who doesn't love a good chocolate chip cookie?! Love that you can have these without all the guilt. They look chocolatey and delicious!

  3. Patty, I want to reach into the screen and grab not just one but the entire stack of cookies. I have a cup of tea next to me but it's quite lonely without these next to it. Oh, boy, these look great.

  4. i think i should pack a bag and come over to your house. My 2 year old can play with your 2 year granddaughter and we enjoy these cookies. Someone has to sacrifice ..

  5. I make those Toll House cookies all the time and love th but of course have to ration them. I can see these have less butter and if they're lighter but equally as good making them. Plus Nick Malgeri is a great baker so I know these have to be amazing. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully I won't over indulge in these!

  6. You've made your rugelach??? I need to get on the ball :) These look wonderful, Patty…and we all need skinny cookie recipes!

  7. These do not look light or skinny…just delicious! I found these on Pinterest, then saw you are a TWD baker too…and a fellow northern Californian to boot. Cool! (Sadly, I live in Philly now.)

  8. Tte quedaron maravillosas son mis preferidas light,una verdadera exquisitez,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  9. yum these cookies look fabulous, great photos and recipe.

  10. Light and skinny? I'm sold! I would be happy with these any day!

  11. Hi Patty! Wow, your chocolate chip cookies look much much better than what I can make. And light and skinny? Even perfect! This is my first time at your blog and I already love it!

  12. Soft…crispy…any which way you serve them…my cup of coffee welcomes the company any time ;o)

    Also looking forward to those rugalach treats you've been baking. Boy, Dorie really keeps you on your baking toes. LOL

    Have a great weekend Patty.
    Ciao for now,

  13. Light and chocolatey…what's not to love!

  14. My attempts at making cookies healthier have failed. Then again I am not the super baker you are :) What a great recipe Patty, thanks for sharing. Now I'm torn between the cookies or previous cupcakes. Hmm..

  15. Awesome recipe…a must to try


  16. Beautiful whether light and skinny or not. I play around with my chip cookie recipe all the time but one think that never changes is good quality dark chocolate. I'll take mine soft though.

  17. Chocolate chips cookies is our family's NO.1 cookies, skinny or thick but we love ours chewy! Your cookies look great!

  18. Patty, Lucky you…I hope I can get the rugelach done…we will be traveling home on Tuesday! Your cookies are gorgeous! And I love your photos!

  19. You have such great Light recipes; those cookies are Picture Perfect!

  20. Patty-your Light and Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies look so perfect and droolworthy delicious…they look like they were shaped in a mold, they are so perfect:DDD

  21. Nice alternative to the typical chocolate chip cookie. Delish!

  22. The cookies look fantastic! Love how they're lightened up too…yum!

  23. Patty – these sound like the best of both worlds – low fat and delicious? I didn't think those two went together but it looks like you've proved that rule to be wrong!

  24. Patty, these cookies look divine! I can't believe they only have 4 Tbsp. of butter in them too. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I can't believe these are light cookies. I want some now. :)

  26. I've been looking at your last couple of baking projects and they look fabulous! I need to try some lighter baking after this year of butter/cream/cream cheese baking with tons of sugar thrown in…all fun, but it is leaving it's mark.

  27. light and skinny cookies..I'm there!!

  28. They are so chocolaty…love them, lower calorie or not, I need one :)

  29. Just made these cookies and they are super delicious! They aren’t too sweet and taste really great with dark chocolate chips. My batch only made 16 small cookies so it wasn’t the 2 1/2 dozen that the recipe said so I would suggest doubling the recipe if you’re looking for a bigger batch. And with the way they taste, you’ll need a bigger batch ;)

    • Hi Jackie, I made these cookies fairly small, maybe difficult to tell from my photo!
      This recipe makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies on the small side but I agree this is a great recipe to double;-)

  30. I made this but substituted wheat flour with garbanzo bean flour (works perfectly) and substituted three of the six spoons of white sugar with three spoons of honey, which set up just fine and made them moist and delicious! I also spread them in a shallow cake pan instead of making cookies, as cookies take too long! Worked perfectly, and I am saving this recipe!

  31. Found these on Pinterest – they look great…I’m about to make them now! Thanks!


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