Mudslide Cookies

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Click here for Jacques’ Chocolate Mudslide Cookies recipe from “Stylish Cuisine”!

Let’s get honest for a minute here.  There’s a solid week every month that women are allowed to be bitchy more abrupt than usual.  This coincides with all sorts of wonderful things like cramps, hypersensitivity, extended bathroom breaks, chocolate cravings, etc.  For the last three years, I barely had a period.  My body seemed to try to have one, but I just couldn’t pull it off most months.  Because of my unruly body, I didn’t have any excuse for my abrupt behavior… except that I was bitchy (What? NO!).

Good news, though!  My body is currently back to working correctly and my excuse for craving chocolate is back full force.  This is a dangerous craving for me.  I love chocolate on a regular day, so when I crave it on an extreme level, my dieting is constantly on the brink of disaster.  Last month, everyone and their mother and their sister and their bestest friend in the whole world decided to make cookies.  I’m not even joking.  EVERYONE MADE COOKIES.  And then they posted about it on Facebook.  Cruel!  Jess said she wanted to make some too and I was happy to participate in that.  I didn’t want to make any regular cookie, though.   My brain told me, “You want chocolate cookies with walnuts in them.”  I said to my brain, “Damn, that’s a great suggestion.”  So I made some.

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I found a recipe on the Cooking Light website for Mudslide Cookies and went from there.  They were perfect!  Not overly sweet (which is easy to do with chocolate cookies), perfectly crisp on the outside, but pillowy on the inside.  Best part?  Low calorie!  Granted, it’s still a CHOCOLATE COOKIE, so it’s going to have at least a few calories in it, but these aren’t over the top.  I made 30 ginormous cookies (as in the size of the palm of my hand) and they were only 4 PP each.  You could easily make cookies that were slightly smaller, and make 48 at 2 PP each.  Best part?  They satisfy my chocolate craving without making me want to eat seven in a row.  I get my momentary fill of chocolate after one!  That’s incredibly important  for me.  I have a tendency to go for chocolate CHIP cookies and then I eat four in a row just to get enough chocolate chips to actually satisfy my craving.  That’s not so helpful when you’re dieting.

Mudslide Cookies (slightly modified from Cooking Light)
Servings: 30
PointsPlus Per Serving: 4 (or 48 cookies for 2 PP each)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, 10 PP
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, 9 PP
  • 1 1/2 tbsp organic unsalted butter, 4 PP
  • 1 1/2 tsp strong black coffee (CL used instant coffee granules, but I’m classy, so I don’t have those)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour, 17 PP
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 4 PP
  • 2 tsp baking powder
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  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, 4 PP
  • 3 egg whites, 1 PP (CL used 1/2 cup egg substitute, but I didn’t have that)
  • 2 1/2 cups organic cane sugar, 52 PP (CL used regular refined sugar)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 11 PP

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place butter, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate is almost melted. (I melted my chocolate in a sauce pan on the stove since I have a tendency to over-nuke my chocolate.) Stir until smooth. Combine coffee granules and 1 tablespoon hot water, stirring until granules dissolve. Stir coffee and vanilla into chocolate mixture.

3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Combine sugar, egg substitute, and eggs in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 6 minutes or until thick and pale. Gently stir 1/4 of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; stir chocolate mixture into remaining egg mixture. Stir in flour mixture and nuts.

4. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat mat (BUY ONE. Do it now.) Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets; with moist hands, gently press dough into 1/4-inch-thick rounds (the pressing is optional.  I didn’t press and they turned out perfectly round). Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

When the cookies are done, they’ll be cracked on top and still moist in the center.  And magically delicious!  Hee hee!

Protein Powder Review: About Time Whey

Welcome to my first Protein Powder review!  First off, I have to give a big shout out to my good friend, Jenna from the CorgiPants blog.  She started doing protein powder reviews on her blog this year and it led me in the right direction when I first decided to shop for some protein powder.  Her reviews are VERY helpful, so check them out!  I can honestly say that I never thought I’d be doing the protein powder thing.  I was convinced it was just a fad that all men and crazy women went through to pump up the muscle gain and fat burn despite whether it actually worked or not.

Imagine my surprise when my mom called me one day and said she tried a Weight Watchers protein smoothie mix with some frozen berries and milk and that it had the texture of ice cream and tasted amazing.  I was shocked.  My MOTHER is doing the protein powder thing?  Okay, I had to try it.  So, when she came to visit, she bought a pack of the chocolate ones and we made chocoberry ice cream to eat while watching a movie.  It was so yummy!  I got almost 2 cups of protein “ice cream” for only 2 PP!  I was in heaven.  I went out and bought about 8 lbs of frozen berries and 2 tubs of protein powder the next day.

Photo Courtesy of: Jenna from the CorgiPants blog! Click it to go directly to her review of About Time Whey.

Today’s review is for About Time Whey.  

About Time Whey got great reviews from Jenna; a 9 out of 10!  And you know what?  I think I’d have to give it that too.  It’s all natural and uses stevia as it’s sweetener.  There’s no sugar or HFCS anywhere in site!  The ingredient list isn’t ridiculously long and complicated too, which is nice.  The texture is smoother, partly due to the fact that it’s actually in “powdered” form, rather than having the texture of white whole wheat flour.  In order to figure out which flavor I would order a 2 lb tub of, I decided to order a few trial packs from them first.  You can get 2 one scoop samples for 3.99 and they’ll pay for shipping!  Here are the first four flavors I tried:

Chocolate: This is the third chocolate flavored protein powder I’ve had and I would place it 2nd… after the Weight Watchers Protein Powder! That stuff is gooood. This is less chalky than the WW stuff, but it’s not as chocolatey-sweet. When using 1% milk, I put in about a 1/2 tsp truvia, but when I used my vanilla almond milk, no sweetener was necessary.

Vanilla: I liked this one better than Designer Whey French Vanilla (but DW is cheaper at Meijer!). This flavor is a really nice vanilla without any chalky flavor at all.  It’s just a nice, pure vanilla flavor that serves as a fantastic base for protein smoothies and ice cream.

Banana: Do you remember eating Runts candy when you were a kid? Yeah, this flavor tastes exactly like the bananas. If you haven’t had Runts, I can describe it as “fake” banana. Jess didn’t really like the flavor, but I didn’t mind it that much. It would probably be really good with frozen strawberries or some unsweetened cocoa and frozen bananas.

Strawberry: This one was actually tasty! I, of course, blended some tropical frozen fruit into it, but it had a delicious flavor. Still slightly “fake”, but with the fruit mixed in, it started tasting more like a daquiri than fake strawberry candy, so that was good.

I have two more sample flavors on their way to me right now – cinnamon swirl and chocolate peanut butter.  I’m excited to see how these ones will taste.  I also ordered a 2 lb tub of the vanilla because I liked it so much!  Okay, so time for the breakdown.

About Time Whey
Calories per Scoop: ~103
PointsPlus per Scoop: 2
Texture: 5/5
Flavor: 4/5
Ingredients: 5/5