Strawberry Yogurt Cookies {Healthier Desserts Recipe}

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Strawberry yogurt cookies are soft, chewy, yogurt-based cookies. They’re a healthier desserts recipe that is low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste!

Are there times when living day-to-day life feels more like you’re running a marathon? I feel that way a lot, but with Stonyfield yogurt’s help and my recipe for strawberry yogurt cookies, I’m going to show you how to give your daily “run” a delicious boost of energy!

Disclosure: As a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club, I received coupons for free product for this post. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.

Strawberry yogurt cookies are soft, chewy, yogurt-based cookies. They're a healthier sweet treat that is low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste! | ItsYummi.com

You may have heard me mention in other posts that I’m a proud member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I love the products, so it’s easy to be a supporter of the brand. I’m super excited to announce that Stonyfield is one of the sponsors for today’s Boston Marathon!  Here’s how they’re getting involved:

  • They’re sponsoring 10 runners who just missed the cut off due to this year’s large amount of sign ups.
  • They’re handing out hundreds of thousands of cups of organic yogurt on race day – to runners, their families, volunteers, etc.
  • They’re giving away a bunch of healthy living themed prizes, including a year long gym membership on the day of the marathon!  YOU can win too ~ simply tweet or instagram photos with the hashtag #StonyfieldSuperFan.

Gary Hirsherg, the co-founder of Stonyfield, expressed the passion of America’s love and passion for the Boston Marathon perfectly when he said, “Like the members of Team Stonyfield, we felt compelled to participate in this year’s race to show our deep love and support for the city of Boston and New England community. “We’re so proud of our inspiring team and are excited to be working with the Boston Athletic Association to make this year’s race a celebration of Boston’s tremendous spirit and resiliency.”

Stonyfield helps me fuel my daily marathon by giving me an affordable organic product that I can use easily every day. I add it to my morning smoothies. It’s packed with protein, low in fat, and it’s easily portable when I need to take it on the go. It gives a zing to smoothies, sauces, and salad dressings. When I was in culinary school, my baking instructor explained how Greek yogurt can be a great substitute for unhealthy fats like butter, oil, and sour cream in baked goods like cookies, muffins, and cakes.  I was a huge skeptic that any cookie made with yogurt instead of butter would taste good, but oh my WOW, was I wrong!

My final exam for Science of Baking class was a cookie “makeover”. I had to take a full fat, high calorie cookie and make it healthier by reducing the fat and calories by over 30 percent.  Greek yogurt became my fat replacement, and the result was an amazing cookie transformation (and an “A” grade in the class!)  To this day, I continue using Greek yogurt as a replacement for full fat products, not only in baked goods, but in all of my cooking.
One of my favorite yogurt-based recipes is my chilled cucumber soup. It’s so refreshing on a hot Summer day!

This chilled cucumber soup recipe from ItsYummi.com will be the refreshing star at your summer picnic!

 

These strawberry yogurt cookies are a perfect example of how reduced fat dessert recipes can be moist and delicious!

The consistency is a cross between a muffin and angel food cake. The cookies are sweet and soft, with a little bit of chewiness, and they have a bright burst of flavor from the fresh strawberries. They taste amazing when they’re warm, but I think they were perfect the next day, too, with a tall glass of milk.

Strawberry yogurt cookies are soft, chewy, yogurt-based cookies. They're a healthier sweet treat that is low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste! | ItsYummi.com

I hope you enjoy these strawberry yogurt cookies as much as I did!

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Strawberry Yogurt Cookies

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 18 cookies

These strawberry yogurt cookies are soft and chewy, low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Erythritol
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sanding sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, yogurt, egg white, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir just until no flour lumps remain, but try not to over mix. Gently fold in the strawberries.
  5. Drop dollops of batter, about 2 tablespoons in size, onto prepared sheet, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle the tops of each cookie with a small amount of sanding sugar.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the edges barely begin to brown. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack, or serving warm.
  7. If stored in an airtight container, cookies will keep for 2-3 days.
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Strawberry yogurt cookies are soft, chewy, yogurt-based cookies. They're a healthier sweet treat that is low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste! | ItsYummi.com

Strawberry yogurt cookies are soft, chewy, yogurt-based cookies. They're a healthier sweet treat that is low in fat and calories, but high in flavor and great taste! | ItsYummi.com

33 Replies to "Strawberry Yogurt Cookies {Healthier Desserts Recipe}"

  • Lemon Berry Cookies! May 29, 2014 (6:48 am)

    […] cuties! This is a take on Becca’s Recipe with my little twist of course! She explains the texture of these cookies to be a cross between a […]

  • Chilled Cucumber Soup Recipe from ItsYummi.com May 25, 2014 (6:01 am)

    […] I was baking up a batch of strawberry yogurt cookies last month, it dawned on me just how often I add yogurt as a substitute for full fat ingredients […]

  • Colleen (Souffle Bombay) May 13, 2014 (8:46 am)

    Oooh, my Little Chef will want to make these! Strawberries in a cookie…yes!

    • Chef Becca May 13, 2014 (9:31 am)

      They’re super soft and perfectly sweet. I hope your little chef loves them 🙂

  • Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron April 28, 2014 (6:14 pm)

    What a fun recipe! I love how thick and chewy these look! Pinning 😉

    • Chef Becca April 28, 2014 (6:16 pm)

      Thanks so much, Chelsea! I appreciate you sharing the recipe, too!

  • Kitchen Kelli April 27, 2014 (10:51 am)

    These look fantastically good! I’m not a huge fan of cooked strawberries but these are great looking!

    • Chef Becca April 28, 2014 (6:17 pm)

      I normally don’t like cooked strawberries either, Kelli, but these cook for such a short time, that there’s still some “life” left in the berries! 🙂 The flavor is deep and delicious!

  • Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple April 27, 2014 (10:14 am)

    Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! I hope you join us again next week 🙂

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

    • Chef Becca April 27, 2014 (10:16 am)

      Thanks for hosting the party, Kelli! I was happy to share, and there were some great recipes from others, too!

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry April 22, 2014 (8:59 am)

    A cookie that’s a cross between a muffin and angel food cake AND it has strawberries? I think you’ve developed THE perfect cookie!

  • Becky (The Cookie Rookie) April 22, 2014 (8:39 am)

    these look amazing!!! wow! 🙂

  • Samantha April 22, 2014 (8:23 am)

    These cookies look so good! Perfect for spring with the strawberries and yogurt! 🙂

  • Jennifer Johnson April 22, 2014 (7:39 am)

    I am so intrigued by how healthy these are!

  • David @ Spiced April 22, 2014 (6:45 am)

    Becca! These cookies look absolutely amazing. I love the yogurt-butter replacement thing…I’ve used it a couple of times, but I really should use it more often. That Science of Baking challenge sounds like something right up my alley, too! I took a bunch of baking classes myself, and I miss that challenge side of it…too often we get caught up in the routine and forget to challenge ourselves. Thanks for the reminder! (and thanks for this delicious recipe, too!)

    • Chef Becca April 22, 2014 (7:51 am)

      Thanks, Dave! Oh my gosh, you really would have loved that class! It’s so much fun to twist up ingredients, baking times, and methods, to learn what works AND what doesn’t! You and I should talk about forming a baking/cooking challenge group some time! Bet we’re not the only foodies who like to play with our food 🙂

      • David @ Spiced April 22, 2014 (7:54 am)

        We totally should, Becca! I think there’s already groups like that out there, but I’m totally down to create one with a different spin on it! My mind is already whirring with all of the fun possibilities! #foodplay

        • Chef Becca April 22, 2014 (8:49 am)

          I’ve got a crazy week ahead, but let’s definitely plan to chat more about this! #excited #foodplay

      • David @ Spiced April 22, 2014 (9:41 am)

        Absolutely! My schedule is going to be pretty wacky for the next couple of weeks, too…but I am definitely down to chat about this soon! #foodplay

  • Jen April 21, 2014 (9:25 pm)

    Beautiful pictures – they have me drooling! I have used Greek yogurt in a lot of sauces but not in cookies – i am excited to try these!

  • Jodie April 21, 2014 (5:47 pm)

    These look great! and perfect for spring!

  • Mary Ellen April 21, 2014 (5:31 pm)

    These cookies look amazing, I love soft cakey kind of cookies.

    • Chef Becca April 21, 2014 (5:49 pm)

      So glad you like them, Mary Ellen! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Dionne Baldwin April 21, 2014 (4:47 pm)

    Daily marathon is an understatement! Cookies always help, especially strawberry cookies. These cookies look so beautiful and I appreciate that I can make these with things that I have at home. We love Stonyfield too. 🙂

  • Amberjane April 21, 2014 (3:59 pm)

    These look so tasty and I love that they are made with yoghurt – thank you for sharing 🙂

  • [email protected] Tastes Good April 21, 2014 (12:40 pm)

    Omgoodness! These are some beautiful cookies! I love they are made with yogurt!

  • Shelby April 21, 2014 (8:07 am)

    Those are some beautiful cookies! The look like they are soft, which is something Grumpy would love as he is not a crunchy cookie kinda guy. Pinning to try for later!

    • Chef Becca April 21, 2014 (8:09 am)

      Thanks, Shelby! If Grumpy likes soft cookies, he’ll flip for these! They’re like little strawberry pillows of goodness 🙂

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