A Sweet For Your Sweetie

Warning: Valentine's Day-themed post. Continue at your own risk.

Yes, it's that holiday tomorrow, the one with the flowers, the heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, the ugly-ass, age-inappropriate teddy bears, and the Hallmark cards professing undying, oh-so-special, forever love, love that cannot be denied, love that won't fade away, Big Love, sloppy wet love, etc. (OK, maybe the sloppy kind is for another occasion entirely.)

Don't get me wrong, I luuuuuv love. I just don't really care for the commercialized kind. Scott and I had our first date the day after Valentine's Day nine (!!!) years ago, and we've always much rather celebrate our dating milestone than to observe February 14. (Sidebar: our second date was to see The Vagina Monologues. My husband rocks, and is totally comfortable with all iterations of the terms for female genitals.)

We're spending tomorrow night in, with a dinner of cod fillets fresh from our Eastern Market visit today, veggies, and maybe a special dessert.

Speaking of which, here's my V-day gift to you: it's neither sexy nor sophisticated, but it's a sweet cookie with the consistency of a chewy brownie, and it's easy on the calories and fat. (It also uses only one bowl and pan, so you won't waste your luv-makin' time doing the dishes instead.)

Cocoa Cookies, from Cooking Light

Yield: 2 dozen

  • 1  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 5  tablespoons  butter
  • 7  tablespoons  unsweetened cocoa
  • 2/3  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/3  cup  plain low-fat yogurt ( I use French vanilla)
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine flour, soda, and salt; set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove; stir in cocoa powder and sugars. Add yogurt and vanilla, and stir; add flour mixture, stirring until moist. Drop by tablespoons two inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on pans three minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks. Enjoy. They're only 78 calories per cookie!


  1. MMMM!!! All around Yum! Have good V-Day Adamses!


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