Add protein to your cookies with these chocolate Greek yogurt blossoms. Then top them with sprinkles and even more chocolate. Because protein can be pretty too.
Well folks, I finally joined a gym. While LA Fitness is closest to where I live and OSU is obviously where I work, I splurged on the more expensive option, Lifetime Fitness. It’s close enough to where I live to still go on the weekends, convenient to go on my way to/from work, and has everything I could ever ask for in a gym (which is why I was a member of it in Memphis as well). On my first day back in a real gym since Christmas, I tried out Reformer Pilates. I’ve done pilates before but it was just on a mat and typically a fusion of pilates and yoga (piyo). Reformers are those torture looking devices but it was actually kind of cool and I plan on going to some more sessions. The only downside is that it is one of the few classes not included with membership. Thankfully you get a certain amount of credits to use for such things upon signing up which means I will be doing just that, at least until I run out and then it’ll depend on how addicted I am to it.
Now that we’ve talked about the gym, it’s time to talk about some cookies because we’ve earned it. After suscessfully substituting Greek yogurt for cream cheese in one of my favorite blossom cookie recipes, I tampered again by adding come cocoa powder giving you chocolate Greek yogurt blossom cookies. Since there’s a certain holiday coming up involving a lot of heart shaped things in red and pink I went ahead and rolled them in festive sprinkles and pressed a strawberry creme swirled Dove chocolate into the center. The chocolate even had sometimes cute, sometimes corny phrases inside their wrappers.
One year ago: Mexican Stuffed Shells
Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Honey Vinaigrette
Four years ago: Almond Crusted Chicken with Scallion Beurre Blanc
CHOCOLATE GREEK YOGURT BLOSSOM COOKIES
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 oz.) plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 4%)
1-1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2-1/4 tsp baking powder
Course white sugar, sprinkles, or cinnamon-sugar (optional)
48 Dove strawberry creme swirl chocolates, unwrapped
- In a stand mixer or large bowl with electric hand mixer, mix ingredients in order (except course white sugar and chocolates) until fully incorporated. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour some of the course white sugar (or other desired coating) into a small bowl. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Immediately after removing from oven, gently press a chocolate into the center of each cookie. Be careful not to push all the way through the cookie. Let cool slightly before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Adapted slightly from my Greek Yogurt Thumbprint Cookies.
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