Jun 1, 2012

Skinny Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches



Skinny chocolate chip cookies made with absolutely no butter or oil sandwiched together with fat-free frozen yogurt and colored sprinkles. If this doesn't say summer, I don't know what does!



Don't you love happy mistakes?

Last week someone tweeted me and told me they made my Best Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever but accidentally left out the butter and they came out great. So naturally I had to see for myself, and I couldn't believe it, they were great! For this recipe I also reduced the sugar a bit since I am adding sprinkles, they worked out great.

Since then I've been obsessing on turning them into ice cream sandwiches. I mentioned the other day on my Very Berry Banana Fro-Yo Shake how much I love Stonyfield's frozen vanilla yogurt so I put it to the test. Fourth of July will be here in no time so I made them red, white and blue. Colored sprinkles would be pretty too!


These are a little messy to make, but fun to make with the kids. You don't have to make the whole batch, you can make as little as one sandwich as needed or make them all. The only advice I have is make sure the frozen yogurt is really cold, and after you dip them into the sprinkles place them back in the freezer until they set. Keep them frozen until you are ready to eat, enjoy!


Skinny Low-fat Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 sandwich • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 168.3 • Fat: 2.9 g • Protein: 3.0 g • Carb: 37.9 g • Fiber: 0.8 g • Sugar: 27.4 g
Sodium: 88.7 mg


Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups organic fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt (I used Stonyfield's)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line two cookie sheets with non-stick silicone baking liners such as Silpats (I highly recommend for best results) with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, egg white, applesauce and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
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.


Fold in chocolate chips....



Drop by level spoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto baking sheets.  


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.



When completely cooled, place 1 1/2 tablespoons frozen yogurt (I used a cookie scoop) in between 2 cookies and sandwich together. Roll the edges in colored sprinkles, place on a platter and return to the freezer until ready to eat.

85 comments :

  1. These sound great! Any thoughts on how long they would stay delicious tasting in the freezer?

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    1. I think once frozen if you put them in baggies they will stay fresh longer. I made them yesterday, ate one today and it was good.

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  2. I can't wait to try the cookie recipe, I loved the old one too!

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  3. The sprinkles definitely caught my attention. Can't wait to try these!

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  4. I made the cookies a few weeks ago & everyone loved them! They're on the menu to take on vacation next week! These ice cream cookie cakes are absolutely adorable! I must try these soon!

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  5. I have also made these cookies with 1/4 white and 1/4 cup brown sugar and they came out plenty sweet. My teenage boy loved them so they definitely passed the test!!!

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  6. Ah, these are a great idea. My oldest DD will be turning 9 on July 4th. She will loves these.

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  7. You rock! Another wonderful recipe that makes following WW a true lifestyle. I've been following your site and making your recipes since re-joining WW in Sept. Down 52 lbs. and 11 to GOAL! Couldn't do it without you! THANK YOU!!

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    1. Wow, good for you, that is awesome!

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  8. Love the patriotic theme!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  9. What a great dessert for the 4th! I love the sprinkles. So festive!

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  10. Do you know how many points just the cookies would be?

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    1. I think I remember them being 3 for 2 cookies.

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  11. Just bookmarked these to make for Fourth of July, although I'll probably end up making them before that :)

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  12. I can't believe how many times I come to your website and you've created a skinny option to something I'm craving!!!!!!

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    1. I guess we are having the same cravings :)

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  13. If you're really trying to avoid the ice cream/fro-yo route, you could also use "banana soft serve" (frozen bananas blended until they become the texture of soft serve) in the middle - banana AND chocolate chip cookies? Yum! :D Thanks for the great cookie recipe! They look adorable. xox

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  14. Great recipe! Hmm, no butter in chocolate chip cookies? I love that!! I love when an error in baking turns out great! Awesome job of your reader!

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    1. I know, so happy when people share stuff with me.

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  15. Love all of your recipes! Any chance Agave would work in place of the sugars. I am insulin resistant, and always searching for sugar free healthy treats.

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  16. We are totally making these! My kids and I are baking something every week during the summer. I just made 'ice cream' with frozen bananas with a little peanut butter (since I can not have any dairy) and I am thinking this will be awesome in between 2 chocolate chip cookies! Can't wait to try it. :)

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    1. Any chance you could share that recipe? It sounds delicious. My email is veraxjuls@yahoo.com if you could send it. You're right...that would be great between the cookies!

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    2. Hi Autumn I would love if you would share you recipe for your banana "ice cream" I am always looking for a great and tasty replacement. Thank you hisbaby95@cox.net

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    3. 2 frozen bananas
      1 small tablespoon of peanut butter

      Just put it in a blender. You might have to add a little milk. I use my Ninja and it works really good. :)

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  17. I can't find whole wheat pastry flour. Where do you get yours? I can only find whole wheat regular flour. Would that make these cookies too tough?

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    1. Whole wheat flour works fine. That's what I always use.

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  18. I have yet to try this recipe but looks good... I thought it may be good to instead of dropping individual cookies bake as a bar cookie and cut into squares then cut the frozen yogurt/banana 'ice cream' into matching squares. Thought assembly may be easier.

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  19. Kudos to your reader who told you about the recipe with no butter! She deserves a round of applause! Too bad she is too shy to share her name, I would have liked to visit her blog. She must be a wonderful person to share that with you!
    Well, I hope to try these soon. :)
    Best,
    Gloria

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  20. Do these cookies have the same texture as the ones with butter?

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  21. I'm a little bit confused.. the original cookie recipes says 2 cookies for 4 (old) WW points, yet this recipe, with two cookies, frozen yogurt and sprinkles, is still 4 (old) points.
    I understand that the butter was eliminated from the original recipe, and the sugar was reduced from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup, but does that really make up the extra points of the frozen yogurt and sprinkles?

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    1. I was wondering the same thing. I find that when I figure out points using my calculator it's almost always different than the recipes, so I never know what points I'm eating!

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  22. Love this recipe! Definitely making these for fourth of July! Thanks Gina!

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  23. I love ice cream cookie sandwiches, but hate how they're so filled with fat! This is the perfect recipe for me- thanks for sharing! :)

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  24. Who needs butter anyway??? A moment on your lips, right!

    Thanks for sharing this happy accident!

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  25. Hello! (:

    first of all, amaazing blog packed with great inspiration, thanks! I have just started up my own ''healthy food blog'', maybe you would take a look and leave a comment? thanks a lot! (:

    - kisses

    http://www.happymeanshealthy.blogspot.dk/

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  26. No butter, plus whole wheat flour? Okay, I'm am digging these cookies. A happy mistake, indeed!

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  27. I need to start baking more with frozen yogurt. These cookies look amazing!

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  28. I need to start baking with yogurt. These cookies look amazing!

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  29. Hello Gina! I always read you blog and love the recipes. I really want to try this one, but I'm Brazilian and can't find apple sauce anywhere! What would be a good substitute?

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    1. Apple baby food? Do they sell that there? It's just apple puree :)

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    2. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crock-pot-applesauce.html

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    3. Thank you! They do sell it here, I just had no idea what apple sauce was like!

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  30. These look so awesome! I am going to make then later this afternoon! I just joined WW and am looking for recipes that are yummy and already have the points calculated for me? For every recipe you add, do you put the points in? Just want to make sure that I am being accurate and sticking to my new lifestyle! Thank you so much of all of these great and tasty recipes, Making buffalo chicken lettuce wraps tonight!

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  31. This is the second time I have made these cookies, and both times they ended up so flat. What am I doing wrong??

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    1. You might need to replace your baking soda. Sounds like it's expired.

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    2. Yes, perhaps it's the baking soda. Or my original recipe uses less, I was actually trying to make them flat for the sandwich but they didn't come out flat like I wanted.

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    3. Try 1/4 tsp next time (providing your baking soda is good)

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    4. Thanks! The baking soda says it doesn't expire until July, but I will get a new one and try it again with a little bit less.

      Don't get me wrong-I still thoroughly enjoyed the cookie sandwich!

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    5. I was wondering what I was doing wrong, too! Thanks for asking Melissa and thanks for the tip, ladies. I shall try again! (luckily the fam thinks they're still delicious!)

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    6. Ah, I must have bad baking soda too. These were so flat, that I couldn't get them off the cookie sheet in one piece. I agree they are still yummy bits of cookies. Will have to eat mine in a bowl tonight instead of as a sandwich!

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  32. Just wanted to say I followed the original cookie recipe to a T (used the 2 TBSP butter and Whole Foods sells bulk whole wheat pastry flour for $0.99 a pound) and it came out great. Chewy, crispy edges, did not fall flat or get cakey.

    I think it's imperative to really beat the wet ingredients (I used my Kitchen Aid with the whisk attachment) and thoroughly mix in the dry ingredients but not overbeat. My rule of thumb too is to make each recipe as is the first time, to get a feel for how it will work before I make subs like Splenda, etc. Also age and storage of your baking soda could lead to flatter cookies.

    Can't wait to make these into cookie sandwiches tonight for girls night!

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  33. Made these with Elan Black Raspberry and Coffee Fro Yo! Delicious!

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  34. Yum! I just got the ice cream maker attachment for my mixer, so I think I'll try making my own frozen yogurt...I'll let you know how it goes!!!

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  35. I love ice cream sandwiches! Love the fact that these aren't loaded with fat!

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  36. These cookies weren't to bad.

    They defiantly taste like a healthy cookie but for some odd reason, the next day, they tasted 100 x better. Sort of like a chewy "Mrs.Field's" type of cookie.

    I preferred these cookies without the ice cream because i found they were too sweet with it but overall, delicious recipe!

    Keep up the great work Gina, love your blog. :)

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  37. Taryn Camp6/6/12, 8:48 AM

    These were SO good! My sister and I had 2 each, but then my husband came in and ate the rest in 2 days. Good thing they weren't from Cold Stone ;) But seriously, I thought they were fantastic!

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  38. These look amazing. I just found your site, am following you on Pinterest, and pinned your site too!
    I'm on WW and this is so helpful. I think there's something wrong with the sidebar (or maybe my computer? or user error? ;-) ) though, when I click on the points + tags, no recipes show?

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  39. I linked to your blog today on my healthy choice challenge and gave my readers your link so they could use you as a source for healthy food recipes! I love your site and your recipes.

    Morgan

    http://missdiymonster.blogspot.com/2012/06/healty-choice-challenge-week-3.html

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  40. Um no joke - I completely forgot the brown sugar and they STILL tasted awesome! Made a double batch and delivered them around! LOL realized later when I was putting them into my recipe builder on eTools that I messed up! Made fewer cookies, but less sugar=awesome!

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  41. i just made the cookies and i used homemade pear sauce (i didn't have any applesauce) and carob nibs (unsweetened) instead of chocolate chips. yummy! :) thanks for the recipe

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  42. I love your website! I have cooked and baked several things off of it and they have all been fantastic! I wrote a post about these cookies today on my webiste. Please feel free to check it out if you wish. Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

    www.cohennutrition.com

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  43. Think parchment paper would work instead of silicone mats?

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    1. Parchment paper worked fine for me. I sprayed mine with Pam and they were perfect.

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  44. Gina, just a heads up. When I put these into my tracker, they came out as five points.

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  45. I live in Denver so have problems pulling recipes from the internet since most don't come with instructions on baking at altitude...do you know how to tweak this recipe for altitude?

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  46. Gina, made these for tomorrow and of course we had to taste test them! YUMMY!!

    Couldn't find nonfat fro-yo in my area, so I got Fat Free ice cream. Still good. My husband told me I better go ahead and make another batch!

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  47. Hi Gina, I just want to make the cookies themselves, does this make 24 cookies or 12?

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  48. PrettyBrownSugar7/16/12, 7:51 PM

    I made the cookies, and they were tasty. I cut the sugar in half for my taste, and they were still good. I didn't have the frozen yogurt, so I put a cookie in a bowl, added sliced strawberries and drizzled with a little plain greek yogurt sweetened with about a 1/2 tsp of reduced sugar strawberry preserves and a dollop of whipped topping. It was delicious.

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  49. One time i made brownies and forgot to add the eggs! Surprisingly they tasted great! They were really chewy and good!

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  50. Gina
    I made just the cookies last night only to realize that i was out of eggs and that my husband had eaten all the applesauce lol so I had to improvise. I looked in my fridge and only saw Vanilla Custard Baby Gerber so I thought 'what the heck'! To my surprise they came out pretty good ;)

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  51. how many points is one of these ice cream sandwichs because if i read correctly it said 4 points for one cookie....

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  52. Hi-
    I have been looking to make WW friendly cookies and I see that the old recipe has 5 points for 2 cookies. If the cookies are made with applesauce like the recipe above what is the point plus value?

    thanks!

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  53. My cookies always turn out extremely cakey and chewy (not the good kind). They don't have the texture that is shown in your pictures. They're always super puffed up and not flatter like yours. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. The only thing different I'm doing is using all purpose flour and no pastry flour (could that be the reason)? Whenever I try adding applesauce to cookie recipes, I end up with this problem and I'm really confused as to why you were able to avoid this problem.

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  54. THANK YOU for these!!!! Gracious they are divine!!!! I made them last night and am making a second batch tonight. The perfect treat to have ready in the freezer. L O V E.

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  55. Where can you find the pastry flour? I want to make these for the 4th they look amazing!!

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    1. It's usually near the all purpose flour.

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  56. What an awesome idea! I've used applesauce in brownies, but never in cookies. I've got to give it a try.

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