Light(er) Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 May

The last day of April brings me to the last birthday dessert of the month. My brother is a one-of-a-kind guy. He’s the best big brother a girl could ask for. He is kind, a good listener, funny, down-to-earth, and an all around great guy. I vividly remember growing up that my brother did not like birthday cake. He always wanted a cookie cake or a donut cake on his birthday. Luckily he married an awesome girl who helped lead him out of the dark side and into the world of delicate moist yellow cake with fluffy buttercream frosting.  But for now, we will honor him with a cookie cake…a light(er) cookie cake.


Notice the “er” tagged to the end of “light”. Just because a recipe decreases the amount of an “unhealthy” ingredient (i.e. butter) does not mean the food should be enjoyed in excess. Ideally, you should enjoy the same amount and know that you are doing your body a favor in the process. Some would say to go for the good stuff on your birthday since it’s a special occasion. That’s fine too. Since it’s not my birthday and I’m not within walking distance of my brother, I decided to do myself a favor and decrease the amount of fat in these cookies. I decreased the butter by half and substituted it with an equal amount of plain nonfat Greek yogurt. If you are in the mood for a splurge, go ahead and omit the Greek yogurt and double the amount of butter. These cookie bars can easily be formed into a round tart pan and decorated with frosting to make a birthday dessert.


Light(er) Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Serves 16

Adapted from Nestles

1/4 cup (half of a stick) unsalted butter, softened and room temperature

1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan or a round tart pan.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine butter, Greek yogurt, and vanilla at medium speed until well incorporated. Add sugars and beat at medium speed until well combined. Add egg and mix to combine.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on medium-low speed, slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredient and mix until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

4. Using a small offset spatula, evenly spread dough into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.


One Response to “Light(er) Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. Dave Desteiger May 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Nice rach….well written and very clever with the (er) angle! Nice what you said about joe and ashlee too.



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