Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate Brownie Drops

Since Christmas, I have been trying to cut back on the amount of sweets I eat. I gained a few pounds at Christmas (always do) and since I have a metabolism as slow as a turtle, I need to cut way back for a while. But me without chocolate makes for one cranky person, so I had to make something. I found this recipe on my Sparkpeople site. I changed it a bit to make it even healthier (i.e. I could eat more) so I was surprised when my kids ate most of the cookies! You can add whatever you want to the batter or leave them plain. Since I still don't have any chocolate chips in the house (check out my willpower!), I couldn't add anything. But next time, I think mini chocolate chips would be a great choice.

Chocolate Brownie Drops

2 cups flour (I used 1 cup regular flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 large eggs (I used 1/4 cup Egg Beaters (equals 1 egg) and 1 regular egg)
1 tsp vanilla

In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and cocoa powder.

Cream butter and both sugars with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix again.

Gradually add flour mixture and combine well. Add any extra ingredients like chocolate chips, dried cherries, walnuts, etc. Drop onto baking sheets using a cookie scoop.

Bake at 350 F for 13-15 minutes. When cookies seem soft yet hold their form, they are done. Do not overbake, which will make the cookies dry.

"Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is."
-Author Unknown


CountryDew said...

Giving up the chocolate is really, really hard.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Amen to that, Anita!

Beth said...

I gained weight, too, Mary Ann. I also have a very slow metabolism (about that of a hibernating bear). I admire your willpower in going without chocolate chips---you're a much stronger woman than I. :-)

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Beth- I guess that is just part of the holiday fun- gaining weight. At least we can wear baggy sweaters until spring. Gives us time to work it off!

Anonymous said...

I am like you about the chocolate. I just cannot seem to go long without a chocolate fix. I gained a few pounds during Christmas, too. I don't have any problem as long as I can get outside and work in the yard. This winter had been hard on me and my weight. These sound good. I may steal your quote for my facebook page. I post a quote everyday and I had not seen this one. Love it! Have a good week.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Steal away, Southernlady! I love quotes too (as you can tell).

It's good to be a Chocoholic, isn't it?!

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

You girls are going to hate me. I have a fast metabolism. But don't worry. I'm gearing up to quit smoking again and fast metabolism or no fast metabolism, that always makes me put some weight on.

Kelly made your butterscotch brownies tonight. Yum!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Debi- well, since Kelly made my brownies, I'll forgive you for the fast metabolism. Maybe. :)