January 2, 2014

Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Mint and Dark Chocolate Cookies

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I've seen so many cookie recipes that had cream cheese, sour cream, or Greek yogurt in them and I have been dying to try it.

I've decided my "New Year's Resolutions" are going to be all recipes I need to make.  That is acceptable, right?

Cream cheese, etc. cookies were on the list. Now I can scratch them of.  First up: More homemade granolas.  Then, a a three layer cake.  And then, well, I think salted caramel + coconut would be good.  I'm not putting greek yogurt on the list, but I would like to do more with that.  You know what really needs to happen?  I have got to be more disciplined in responding to all your wonderful comments.  I was adding recipes to my recipe page (another thing I am TERRIBLE about keeping up with) and realized how many comments I didn't respond to.  I felt really bad!  So I'm going to reply as soon as possible instead of waiting to do it all at once.


Ok, back to the cookies.  Consuelo's recipe caught my eye, especially when she said her brother's couldn't tell a difference from this version to the real version!


Now, there are a couple things you should know about these cookies (besides the usual "they are amazing!")  They are uber soft.  They hold up well, but they are pretty moist, which I love, but if you are hard and crunchy cookie person, then you won't like these.  As you can tell, they stack fine, so they aren't falling apart, but if you don't plan on eating them in the next couple days after baking, freeze 'em, because they're too moist and soft to store for that long.  Read: mold - and that isn't the green we are going for!

But those green chocolate chips?  They are good!  They were part of a holiday chocolate chip mix, with mint chips and dark chocolate chips.  They were on sale and since mint and chocolate counts as a "classic" combo, I felt okay about posting them after Christmas.  Read: Yeah, I'm behind.  What else is new ;)

Oh, also, I'm going to grind my oats next time.  They didn't soften into the baked cookie as much as I thought they would and did add texture.  I was good with it, but my mom was convinced, I mean convinced it was coconut.  Just a warning if you don't like texture in your cookie. 

 
Overall, I really liked how they turned out!  They were soft, melt in your mouth, and sturdy enough to travel.  And they are completely whole wheat and have almost a cup of Greek yogurt, which means you can indulge your mint and chocolate craving without a problem. 

Update!!!  Okay, this might sound strange, and it probably is, but it works.  Freeze these cookies and eat them frozen.  I know, it sounds wrong, but it isn't!  Because these are so soft, they don't freeze solid, they are just firmer and a little denser.  They are delicious either way, but after trying a frozen one, I liked it better. 

They look exactly like regular cookies, and if you didn't know better, you would think they were made with all butter and white flour.  Finally, a healthy cookie that isn't no bake!  Thanks Consuelo!

 
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Mint & Dark Chocolate Cookies
Recipe Source: The Sweet {Tooth} Life.  Adapted from Honey and Figs Kitchen
Yield: 16 cookies

heaping 1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oats (I would suggest grinding them if you don't like textured cookies)
scant 1/4 cup cornstarch
scant 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup mint and dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease cookie sheets

Beat butter, Greek yogurt, and egg together.  Add sugars and beat again.  Add flour, oats, cornstarch, powder, soda, and salt and stir until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.
Let chill in freezer for 30 minutes or in refrigerator for several hours. 
Scoop chilled dough onto baking sheets.  Flatten cookies slightly.  Bake for 13-15 minutes.  Do not bake any longer than this!  Let cool on pans for five minutes before letting cookies cool completely on wire racks.  Store in air tight container or freeze. 

15 comments:

  1. I would have never thought to use greek yogurt in cookies! I love soft cookies and know I would love these. Making more layer cakes is on my list this year too!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! I've never understood why people like crunchy cookie (unless it is fortune cookies;) Too bad we couldn't make layer cakes together!

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  2. Hahaha, I'm laughing about the frozen thing because I recently did that with a mint chocolate cookie recipe I posted (to try to get them out of my way so I wouldn't eat them all!) and they were DELICIOUS. What is it about frozen desserts that makes them so much better?? Who knows. Love this recipe and the fact that it's whole wheat and uses greek yogurt. Two of my favorite things! I love how they turned out! :)

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    1. Haha! I'm laughing now, too! I can relate:) Thanks Erin!

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  3. I was so intrigued by Consuelo's recipe too! Love the mint twist on this. Perfect Mary Frances :)

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  4. Yay, I'm glad you liked them! ;-) But I see you forgot to add the almond flour... which was what made them thick and chewy and reduced the cakeyness.
    I was surprised when you said that these turned out soft for youm since I tested this recipe lots of times before posting it (in less than 24h oh wow haha) and they always came out thick. It must have been the almond flour I think!
    Anyway, yours look delicious, and I love the mint addition. I have to try it next time!
    Lovely lovely pics too! xx

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    1. I subbed equal amounts ww flour for the almond flour, but I didn't say that in the post. Sorry if it seemed like I was saying these didn't turn out like you said they would! (I trust your recipes 100%!) I bet they would be thicker with the almond flour. Thank you again!

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    2. Oh don't worry, I took no offense ;--)

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  5. Dear Mary Frances, I am trying to think of recipes that have less sugar and just as much taste. lol.
    These sound like they would be on the list to try.
    I like frozen cookies too!! I love frozen chocolate chip cookies.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. I know, finding healthier sweets is hard! Frozen chocolate chip cookies are one of my new favorites, that is so fun that you've been doing that! Thanks Catherine!

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  6. Mary Frances, adding pudding, greek yogurt and cream cheese to cookies are on baking list too. More cookies in general lol! So many things I should get around to. These cookies look amazing and I love the mint chips.

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  7. Mary Frances you had me at moist cookies! Those are my favorite as well. I love the addition of the mint chips, they are such a cute mint color (and delicious of course!)

    Ally @ The Cheery Baker

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    1. The color of mint is so pretty! Anytime I see it (clothes, food, gadgets) I fall for it :)

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