Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

By dark chocolate, I mean really dark—and not just because of the chips. Adapted from a recipe on the back of the Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels bag, this concoction has added coffee and less sugar, giving the cookies a deep chocolate flavor suitable for cacao aficionados. Indeed, I thought these [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies

“Triple”—because of the cocoa, melted chocolate and chocolate chips; “brownie”—because of the texture; Triple Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies—because sometimes a little chocolate just isn’t enough!

Adapted from a recipe published in Redbook magazine, this one contains half as much butter (proportionally) plus added whole grains and a touch of fruit.

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Chocolate Walnut Brownie Biscotti

Given how much I like chocolate and walnuts together, it’s somewhat surprising that I haven’t yet shared a biscotti recipe featuring this classic brownie combination. When I noticed the omission last week, I started experimenting, and here are the results.

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12:01 Mocha Muffins

This recipe required some serious experimentation, but the end results were worth it. Similar to my Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread, these muffins rely on winter squash and coffee to heighten the intensity of the cocoa and chocolate flavors. I understand why some would hesitate to use squash in something so close to a cupcake, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Dark Chocolate Espresso Biscotti

Dark chocolate, coffee and Italian cookies… for this recipe, the title says it all. Well, almost all. It doesn’t mention that—for cookies—they are actually low in sugar, low in fat and, thanks to whole wheat flour and almond meal, they are even (somewhat) nutritious! I wouldn’t go so far as to recommend them for breakfast, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chocolate Zucchini Nut “Muffins”

This recipe works really well for bread, but I like the muffins even better because they are easier to serve and store. The bread tastes wonderful, but it’s so moist that you have to cut large slices to keep it from falling apart. Admittedly, not everyone would consider that a problem.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream

This is an incredibly rich ice cream, and you don’t have to remember to buy whipping cream or half and half in order to make it. With just a few canned goods you can buy on sale and stock in your pantry year round, you can whip up a batch of this in no time.

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Chilled Café Mocha

I’m the kind of person who likes to have a little coffee with her “cream” (nonfat milk) and sugar, and I like a little chocolate with everything. Though coffeehouse frappés usually taste amazing, their prices and calorie counts are too steep for me—except as an occasional treat. Here’s a cool, refreshing, lowfat DIY alternative that’s [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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This blog is for sharing home-tested recipes with more whole grains, less fat and fewer calories than similar recipes. If you see something you like, or if you'd like to see more, let me know! - Liesl

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