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Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Updated on October 6, 2012

The Most Popular Cookie in the U.S.

The chocolate chip cookie is a pretty recent invention. It didn't take long for it to become the most popular cookie in the United States.

In 1937, the chocolate chip cookie was born.

Invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield, the owner of a restaurant called Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Her recipe originated from a cookie recipe known as butter drop do cookies from colonial times. This cookie recipe used a bar of bakers chocolate, but one day Ruth only had a semi sweet bar of chocolate, so she chopped the chocolate up into pieces and mixed it into the dough.

She thought the chocolate was going to melt and spread across the cookie. But surprisingly, the chocolate pieces stayed in the shape she chopped them and a very delicious cookie was invented. Ruth named them Toll House Crunch Cookies. Soon the recipe was published in many New England papers including a Boston newspaper.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies are the most popular cookies in the U.S.
Chocolate Chip Cookies are the most popular cookies in the U.S. | Source

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies are Tasty

Ruth Wakefield accidently invented the chocolate chip cookie
Ruth Wakefield accidently invented the chocolate chip cookie | Source

Nestle Takes an Interest in the Chocolate Chip Cookie

1939 - This cookie became known nationally when Betty Crocker used it in the radio "Famous Foods From Famous Eating Places.” Nestle and Ruth made an agreement for Nestle to print her recipe on the wrapper of their Semi-Sweet Chocolate bar. They renamed the cookie the Toll House Cookie.

These cookies were sent in care packages to WWII soldiers fighting overseas, who shared them with the other GIs, and the cookie popularity soared.

In the 1940s - Nestle bought the legal rights from Ruth, to use the Toll House trademark. Today Toll House is the generic term for a chocolate chip cookie because on August 25, 1983, a federal court told Nestle they did not have the exclusive right to the trademark andymore.

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A Little Chocolate Chip Cookie Trivia

In 1997, Massachusetts voted to make the chocolate chip cookie the official state cookie.

New Mexico is the only other state that has an official state cookie.The bizcochito, is a shortbread, anise flavored cookie.

Since 1996, Pennsylvania has had several bills brought before its state senate proposing the chocolate chip cookie as its state cookie, but the politicians can't decide between the chocolate chip cookie, the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, and the Nazareth sugar cookie. While this political debate continues, the state has no official cookie designated.

Here is a joke for you: Why did the cookie go to the doctor? Because it was feeling crummy.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Since the invention of the chocolate chip cookie, there have been many variations. For a delicious low fat chocolate chip cookie recipe follow the instructions below.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper to help the cookies not stick to the pan.

Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Ingredients for The Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • one cup flour(1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour & ½ cup white all purpose flour)
  • half cup brown sugar, compacted
  • half cup white granulated sugar
  • quarter tsp baking soda
  • two tbsp apple sauce
  • two tbsp melted butter
  • one egg white
  • one tsp vanilla extract
  • eighth tsp salt
  • half cup chocolate chips


  1. Take a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with salt, and mix in the baking soda. Mix it all together until it is blended well.
  2. In another mixing bowl, take the sugars, and mix it with butter, the applesauce, measured vanilla, and the egg white, until this mixture is light and fluffy to the eye.
  3. Mix the sugar mixture in the large mixing bowl with the flour and other ingredients until the entire batter is very smooth If the mixture has a rough crumbly look to it, add a drop of water until the mixture is smoother. (only add the water if abolutely needed). Then add the chocolate chips by folding it into the dough.
  4. Drop the chocolate chip dough mixture onto the baking sheets about an inch apart.
  5. Bake the cookies for about eight to ten minutes. When the edges start to look a little golden brown, take them out. We don't want the whole cookie to turn brown if you like a softer cookie.
  6. Let them stand for about five minutes so they can cool. Cookies always continue to cook on the hot baking sheets. By letting them cook and cool for just a few minutes longer, it becomes easier to remove the cookies without cracking them. Put the cookies on a cooling rack. Then serve them for all to enjoy.
  7. Savor each bite.

Some Baking Tips

for best the best tasting cookies:

  • Make sure to look at the expiration date of baking soda. If it is out of date, the cookies will not rise as well.

  • It is very important to measure each of the ingredients accurately. Baking is more of a chemical proportional reaction than cooking . Scoop your flour out of the bag and pour it into the measuring cup. Then lightly level it off. Do not compact it down, or your measurements will not be correct.
  • Sifting the dry ingredients is best.

  • Don’t over mix the flour, it will make the cookie taste dry.

What is Baking Soda and Why Do We Need It?

Baking soda helps baked goods rise. It is commonly used in cookie recipes because sodium bicarbonate, as it is also known as, releases carbon dioxide and helps the cookies rise. Also baking soda helps the cookies to brown in the oven better than baking powder. The cookie dough is highly acidic. The baking soda is an acid neutralizer. Baking powder contains its own acid, so it will not be effective in reducing the acidity level in the recipe. Never leave out baking soda, if the recipe calls for it.

Try Oatmeal added to Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies


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      Audrey Kirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      Gosh Rhonda--that sounds too delish and I really like the video with adding oatmeal---I think adding oatmeal to anything is a great thing myself and of course strips away ALL the calories and fat~ I wish. Great recipe with the applesauce too so dang--gonna just HAVE to try these!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Having a low fat chocolate chip cookie is awesome!!!! I think they might now be just be as popular in the UK as they are in the US. I also loved the history about how this lady who only had a small piece of chocolate left ended up inventing such a scrumptious cookie!!!

      Voted up + shared!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend this is such a great cookie recipe and these cookies would satisfy any cookie monster !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Hi RT, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas with the coconut oil and no milk chips. I agree with the oatmeal idea, that is why I added the video with an oatmeal recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It is always nice to see you.

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      Heather63 4 years ago

      Love the history and trivia - I have never learned so much about a cookie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My favorite cookie in existence. I am all over this recipe with both feet, both hands, and of course, my mouth. Great job and you can bet I'll be trying this recipe.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      He, he, he…wonder what the cookie would say if it learned that eating a chocolate chip cookie is a great recipe for what ails you!!!

      Thanks for a neat read on this cookie's history, and for a great recipe. I can use cow milk free chips, swap coconut oil for the butter and be good to go on this one. Very nice! We've used oatmeal in our cc cookies and they're great. :)