Iced Chocolate Cookie Thins
From EatingWell: November/December 2013
This healthy chocolate cookie recipe makes thin, sugar-kissed cookies speckled with dried fruit and nuts and topped with white icing. For a fun pattern, we drizzled green icing on top of the white icing and used a toothpick, to create a star-like design.
- 1 1/4 cups chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (about 6 ounces)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, American-style or Dutch-process
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons canola oil or corn oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup white whole-wheat flour (see Tips)
- 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup chopped toasted and skinned hazelnuts (see Tips) or chopped almond slivers
Natural White Icing & Green Icing
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more as needed
- 1 tablespoon dried egg whites (see Tips)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- Green natural liquid dye (see Tips)
- To prepare cookies: Grind chocolate in a food processor using on/off pulses until coarsely ground. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add cocoa, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt; stir until blended. With an electric mixer on low, then medium speed, add eggs, then honey, oil and vanilla and beat until combined. Beat in all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, then cranberries and nuts until thoroughly incorporated. (The dough will be stiff.)
- Divide the dough into quarters. Roll each quarter into a 9-inch-long “log.” Divide the log into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Place on a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until very cold, about 1 hour.
- Position a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
- Place remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar on a small plate. One at a time, dip the top of each ball of dough into the sugar; place, sugar-side up, about 2 1/2 inches apart on another prepared baking sheet. Coat the bottom of a wide glass with cooking spray, then dip it into the sugar. Flatten the balls with the glass to make cookies about 2 1/4 inches in diameter, dipping the glass into the sugar between cookies and spraying it as needed.
- Bake the cookies on the center rack, one pan at a time, until just firm to the touch, 8 to 13 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool.
- To prepare icing & decorate cookies: Stir together confectioners’ sugar and dried egg whites in a small bowl. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla (or almond) extract. Place half the icing in another small bowl and stir in a few drops of green dye to create the desired color. Add a little more sugar if needed to achieve a thicker green icing for piping. Spoon the icing into a pastry bag with a writing tip or into a small plastic bag with a tiny tip of one corner snipped off. Thin the white icing for spreading if necessary by adding a little more water.
- Using a small paintbrush or butter knife, paint each cooled cookie with white icing. While the icing is still wet, pipe a green star over the white icing. Drag a toothpick through the icing to make a design in the icing, if desired.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the cookie dough for up to 1 day. Store baked cookies airtight in a single layer for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.
- To toast and skin whole hazelnuts: Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes. After toasting, let hazelnuts cool for a few minutes, then rub together in a clean kitchen towel to release most of the papery skins.
- Pasteurized dried egg whites are a wise choice in recipes that call for uncooked egg whites, like icings or meringues. Look for brands like Just Whites in the baking or natural-foods section of most supermarkets. Reconstitute according to package directions or use according to the recipe.
- Find green and other natural liquid dyes plus a rainbow of already-dyed decorating sugars at chocolatecraftkits.com.
Per cookie: 85 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 8 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 38 mg sodium; 54 mg potassium.
Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat
More From EatingWell
If you're looking for an easy, healthy meal idea for dinner...
Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or throwing a...
Few things are closer to perfection than the first sweet...
Trying to clean up your diet? These low-calorie recipes are...
Make your own pickles! Get the most out of summer’s bounty by...
Whether you’re packing a healthy snack for yourself or your...
This Memorial Day, throw a barbecue or picnic with these...
Try making a healthy summer dip recipe or summer salsa recipe...
You won’t waste half a day’s worth—or more—of calories with...
Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast or a refreshing...
Fresh seasonal produce offers plenty of reasons to try one of...
Barbecue sauce, rubs and marinades are easy, healthy ways to...
Everyone loves a good, juicy burger recipe! But hamburgers...
As delicious as eating healthy can be, we all still crave our...
Whether grilled, seared, broiled, baked or made into burgers...
These easy weeknight suppers are inspired by the bountiful...
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, other
- Preparation/ Technique
- Type of Dish
- Baked Goods, bars & cookies
- Ease of Preparation
- November/December 2013