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HG's So-Good Chocolate Chip Softies!
HG's So-Good Chocolate Chip Softies!

Chippity Do Dah!
There is a time and place for everything, people. And the time is NOW for chocolate chip cookies at the HG HQ!!! We've developed a recipe for extra-soft, chocolate-chip-packed cookies. Our doughy double C creation is actually more like a hybrid of cookies, soft snack bars, and muffins! And unlike some other cookie recipes that yield four dozen cookies and require several baking pans (who needs FOUR DOZEN cookies?!?), our recipe makes exactly eight chunky soft cookies for your chewing pleasure! What are you waiting for? Grab the chocolate chips and flour... STAT!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
6 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1/4 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
2 1/2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. brown sugar, not packed
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips (flour, Splenda, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt). Mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients (applesauce, pumpkin, egg substitute, and vanilla extract). Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until completely blended. Then, fold in the chocolate chips. Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray, and spoon batter into 8 evenly spaced circles. Place pan in the oven for about 10 minutes (until cookies appear done and feel firm). Remove pan from the oven and allow cookies to cool slightly. For best results, enjoy while the cookies are still warm and the chips are still melty! MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 medium-sized cookie (about 1.5 oz.)
Calories: 88
Fat: 1.5g
Sodium: 93mg
Carbs: 17g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 3g

PointsPlus® value 2*
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Average
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Average

Cookie Monster
Although we haven't conducted any official research on the subject, we're fairly certain that NO ONE ON EARTH is immune to the call of soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They're DELICIOUS. Sadly, 200 calories and nearly double-digit fat grams for a cookie the size of your palm is a little outrageous. And 200 calories is a very CONSERVATIVE average. There are so many oversized ones out there, it's frightening. Snag a chocolate chip cookie at Starbucks, Quiznos, Panera Bread, Boston Market, or Carl's Jr., and your super-sized, chocolate-chip-studded friend will cost you 350 - 450 calories and 15 - 22g fat. Even the reasonably sized cookie on the Wendy's menu weighs in with 270 calories and 12g fat. But be strong. With HG's So-Good Chocolate Chip Softies!, you'll never have to waste hundreds of calories on a single cookie again. Chip chip, HOORAY!

Serving Size: 1 medium-sized cookie (about 1.5 oz.)
Calories: 200
Fat: 9g
Sodium: 126mg
Carbs: 26g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 16g
Protein: 2g

PointsPlus® value 5*
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Today, March 18th, is National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. We think it should be changed to Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so the world can celebrate with our ROCKIN' new recipe!
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