Healthier Red Velvet Cookies
Two years ago I made red velvet cake mix cookies. Last year, I made them again but filled with Nutella. This year I wanted wanted to do another version. I couldn’t think of what to do, and then I came up with this.
This recipe is only three ingredients: cake mix, greek yogurt and chocolate chips. It’s healthier than the original recipe, but tastes just as good. And I finally found some of Nestle’s holiday chips, making the cookies look extra festive.
I found the holiday chips at Walmart. It’s a mixed bag of red, green and the normal brown chips. I still don’t understand why they discontinued the swirl chips they used to make, but this is better than nothing.
I always like to have a few boxes of red velvet cake mix in my cupboards during the holidays so I can whip up a quick batch of festive red velvet cookies. It definitely came in handy this past weekend. I attended a holiday potluck and managed to mess up two recipes dishes I had planned to bring. Already running close to an hour late, I quickly made a batch of red velvet cookies and raided our wine cabinet so I wouldn’t show up empty handed.
Then the next day, I found the holiday baking chips I had been looking for everywhere. So I made another batch. So easy and so festive! The greek yogurt makes these cookies extra fudgy and healthier than the regular cake mix cookie recipe which uses oil and eggs.
These will be on my list of cookies I’m baking for my holiday cookie tins to friends and family.
Healthier Red Velvet Cookies
1 box of red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
1 cup of Greek strained nonfat plain yogurt (I used Fage)
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips (or Nestle Holiday baking 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, little by little. A little more cake mix will stick to the yogurt with each stir. You will likely find pockets of flour each time you stir. Stir and mix until all those pockets of flour are gone. Alternatively, you can probably do this in a stand mixer.
2. Stir in chocolate chips. Take 2 tablespoons of dough and place on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Dough will be sticky to work with. Shape dough into a ball and press down gently on dough as it does not spread that much during baking. Bake for approximately 11-14 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.
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