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3 Chocolate Desserts-Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, Double Chocolate Brownies, and Chocolate Walnut Cookies

Updated on November 2, 2012

Chocolate, guilty pleasure!

Have a sweet tooth for a homemade chocolate treat? Here are three choices that may appeal to you. Part of the appeal of these recipes is the versatility that chocolate desserts can be created. The other part is the range of calories that they offer. If one recipe turns you off because the calorie count is too high use the chocolate 'fix' that is lower in calories. I’m sure that one of these is bound to satisfy your palate and needs.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 8-16

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Ingredients for Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C butter or margarine
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg, or Egg Beater as substitute
  • 1 1/2 C cake flour, sifted
  • 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C buttermilk, low-fat
  • 1/3 C water
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 spray cooking spray
  • 1 C chocolate glaze, recipe follows


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9 inch cake pan by spraying the bottom with a nonstick cooking spray. Set asides. Combine sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large bowl and beat at medium speed until well blended and light and creamy.
  2. Add egg whites and egg one at a time; beating after each addition.
  3. In small bowl combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder and mix well. Set aside.
  4. In separate bowl combine water, buttermilk and baking soda.
  5. Beginning and ending with the flour mixture, alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the sugar/ butter mixture until all bowls have combined with the butter and sugar.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the cake pan and place in the oven for 35 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Frost cake with Chocolate Glaze (see recipe) Depending on the size of your cake, calories are approximately 300 calories each

Chocolate Glaze for Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Glaze:

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

3 T. unsweetened cocoa

2 T. 1% low-fat milk

½ tsp butter or stick margarine, melted

½ tsp. light-colored corn syrup

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; stir well with whisk.

Yield: ¾ cup.

Spread gaze over cooled Buttermilk Chocolate Cake.

Double Chocolate Brownies

There is never a time when my family does not enjoy the taste of a rich, chocolaty brownie. Now, there are many versions of brownies and many people simplify the process by buying a boxed mix in order to save time, however, this brownie recipe, borrowed is made from scratch and is only 120 calories per piece. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!


½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

¼ tsp salt

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease an 8” x 8” metal baking pan. On waxed paper, combine flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In a 3 quart saucepan, melt butter on low. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, eggs-one at a time, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter in prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cake tester inserted 2 inches from center comes out almost clean.

Cool brownies completely in pan on wire rack for about 2 hours.

When completely cool, cut brownies into 4 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 4 squares.

Yield: 16 brownies; calories=120.

Homemade baked goods beat store brand!

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Chocolate Walnut Cookies

This sweet, chocolate cookie is simple to make and is a mere 70 calories. It’s a great way to top off a meal, and will satisfy a desire for chocolate in a light, tasty way.


6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

2 large egg whites at room temperature

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts (may omit if allergic to nuts)

¼ cup all purpose flour

30 walnut pieces for the top of the cookies

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the chocolate chips in a small glass bowl in the microwave for 1- 1 ½ minutes. Cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the egg whites together with the cream of tartar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make stiff peaks.

Drizzle the chocolate on top of the egg whites and gently fold until thoroughly incorporated.

In a small bowl, stir the chopped walnuts and flour together until well blended. Sprinkle over the egg whites and gently fold until blended (batter will deflate slightly). Immediately drop by rounded teaspoons onto baking sheet. Place a walnut piece in the center of each.

Bake for 12 – 15 minutes turning pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking. Cookies should be firm around the edges. Remove the cookies from the pans and cool on wire racks.

One cookie=70 calories. Makes approximately 30 cookies.

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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Michelle--Indulge! It's the weekend, you deserve it, hee hee. Thanks for pinning it. :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Sounds chocalicious, Denise. Thanks for sharing it with us! Sharing too, and pinning.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Derdriu-Thank you for visiting this hub. I hope you do try some of the recipes here...they are sooooo yummy! :)

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Denise, What delicious, scrumptious, tasty desserts you share with us! Buttermilk and walnuts are some of the things which I have loved all my life. So I really appreciate finding such a delectable way to incorporate it into a dessert. All four are appetite-stimulating and hunger-inducing.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up + all,


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Kath-that's amazing. You make something chocolate weekly? Wow! Well, thanks for bookmarking it and I hope you enjoy them. I like that there are three with various calorie counts to them. I'm a cookie monster so I will usually head for the choc. cookie first.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I Bookmarked this one Denise! I make something chocolate weekly so I am sure it will come in handy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dexter-Sorry it's taken so long to get back to your comment. Thanks for reading. LOL I know what you mean. You did great-you read but didn't eat! Hey, I'm trying to lose a few pounds too, let's see who can lose the most by June. :)

      Hi Danette-thanks for reading. Try'em, you'll like em!

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hmmm, chocolate! Need I say more?

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      Dexter Yarbrough 6 years ago from United States

      Denise! I am trying to lose a few pounds. You are going to ruin it with these delicious recipes - that I have bookmarked. Shame, shame :-)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Susan-thank you-Yes, chocolate rules, LOL

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Chocolate yes yes yes :)) Have bookmarked thank you.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi glorgeous mom and AkbarFS-Chocolate is such a wonderful invention, isn't it? LOL I'm craving some right now! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      AkbarFS 6 years ago from Worcester, UK

      Did I hear somebody mention 'chocolate?' Thanks for the recipies :-)

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      Glo L Bernadas 6 years ago from Philippines

      I love everything chocolate:)Thanks for sharing these recipes.