After discovering what Greek yogurt can do to a chocolate cake, I became obsessed with trying more recipes with nonfat Greek yogurt as a healthy substitute.

First, I created these cookies. I loved loved these, even more than the cake.

The cookies are rich, fudgy, and taste like a cross between a brownie and a cookie. I’ve made cake mix cookies before, but these three ingredient ones are even better than the original. (You can view the original cake mix cookies recipe here.) And you save a lot on fat and calories because you replace 1 cup of nonfat Greek strained plain yogurt for 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of oil, eliminating about 945 calories and 117 grams of fat from the entire recipe. (Kind of scary isn’t it?)

These are fast and easy to make too. You can check out all my four ingredient or less recipes here.

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Healthier Three Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins


1 box of chocolate fudge cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
1 cup of Greek strained nonfat plain yogurt (I use Chobani or Fage)
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with silpat mats or parchment paper. Pour cake mix and yogurt into a large glass mixing bowl and stir with a spoon. It may appear that there is too much dry batter to blend with the yogurt but if you continue to stir, it will come together into one uniform dough. A little more cake mix will stick to the yogurt with each stir. After the dough comes together, if it really does seem too dry, add in one more tablespoon of yogurt and mix until blended.
2. Stir in chocolate chips. Take rounded tablespoons of dough and place on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Press down gently on dough as it does not spread that much during baking. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. If you touch them, they will still be very soft. The cookies will firm up and set after finished cooling. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet and firm up before removing them from the baking sheets.


18 Responses to “Healthier 3 Ingredient Fudgy Chocolate Cookies”

  1. Nina — June 26, 2012 at 4:30 am

    These look wonderful! Do you know by any chance how many calories it comes to per cookie?

    • Kirbie replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 8:26 am

      It will vary a little depending on the cake mix you choose and the yogurt, and also the size of your cookies. But if you make 18 cookies out of this batch, each cookie is about 128 calories according to

  2. Kay — June 26, 2012 at 6:08 am

    I am definitely making these next week!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 8:25 am

      I hope you like them! I ate half a batch of these..which probably defeats the purpose of them being healthier. heh

  3. Lisa — June 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    i was just wondering, when you say 1 cup of greek yogurt do you mean an 8 oz. cup? or one 4 oz. cup of greek yogurt?

    • Kirbie replied: — June 28th, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      I measured one cup by placing packing the yogurt into liquid measuring cup. So up to the 8oz line on a liquid measuring cup.

  4. Aruna Advaney — July 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for sharing your lean 3 ingredient chocolate cakes and cookies recipes.

    I have Ghiradelli Brownie Mixes. Are brownie mixes and cake mixes interchangeable for these recipes? Are different brands also interchangeable?

    Thanks. :)

    • Kirbie replied: — July 1st, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      Lean chocolate cakes. I like the sound of that! Actually no, brownie mixes and cake mixes are not the same. For the most part, brands of cake mixes are interchangeable, but this recipe will not work the same if you use a brownie mix. Actually I’ve tried making a brownie version but it didn’t work out. I need to fiddle with it some more to try to get a version that works still.

  5. Teresa — July 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Can regular yogurt be substituted for Greek?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      Actually it won’t work. At least I don’t think it will. Greek yogurt has a much thicker texture. I’ve tried using reg yogurt for other recipes instead of greek and it just doesnt work the same.

  6. Kristin — July 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Do you think this would work with a gluten free cake mix as well? Thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 3rd, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      I don’t think it will work just because gluten free cake mix is so different. But I haven’t actually tried.

  7. Jennifer — July 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Any nutrition information per cookie?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 10th, 2012 @ 8:32 am

      It’s about 168 calories, 5.9 grams of fat.

  8. Norma — July 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Could you check out the gluten-free cake mix? There are a number of people at my church who have celiac disease, and I’m always looking for good, simple recipes.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 25th, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      I’ll try to do that when I get a chance. I have other easy gluten free recipes on my blog though you can check out.

  9. Anna Scotte — December 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    awesome.this is pretty great.

    • Kirbie replied: — December 19th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      Glad you like!

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