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The Only Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe You'll Want to Bake

They might be low calorie, but no one will ever know—they're that good.

We know what you're thinking. The only thing worse than a chocolate chip cookie that's labeled with the word "healthy" are the chocolate chip cookies with the words "low-calorie" included in the name. Don't worry, stay with us: these cookies don't contain applesauce, protein powder, or Splenda. These cookies are truly just as good as your usual go-to treat (yes, really!). This is a recipe for deliciously decadent chocolate chip cookies.

OK, yes, we've taken it a bit easy on the butter and the chocolate chips for the sake of creating a lighter cookie, but you'll never know the difference. Still don't believe us? Well, you have no choice but to go forth and bake a batch of these chocolate chip cookies and let us know then, right?

Nutrition: 190 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated), 16 g sugar

Makes about 12 cookies

You'll Need

8 tablespoons butter (1 stick), softened
1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp salt (Salt teases out the flavors in any food it touches—even cookies. The crunchy crystals pair beautifully with the warm chocolate.)
2 cups flour
1⁄2 cup dark chocolate chips
Flaky sea salt (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy.
  3. Stir in eggs and vanilla until well incorporated. Add the baking soda, salt, and flour and mix until the dough comes together, being careful not to overmix. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop the dough onto a baking sheet in balls about 3 tablespoons in size, leaving at least 3 inches between cookies.
  5. Bake until the edges are golden and the middles are just barely set.
  6. Remove from the sheet, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (if using) and cool on a wire rack.

Eat This Tip

With this recipe as your base, you can take this crispy yet chewy cookie in all sorts of different directions. Change up the chips by subbing in white or milk chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips. A handful of dark raisins or a half-cup of shredded coconut bring sweetness of a different, natural variety. And any nuts— especially walnuts and pecans—infuse the cookie with their heart- healthy fats.

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