Healthy Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies | Becky Cooks Lightly #cookies
Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies/Photo by Alexandra E Rust
Tis the season of social gatherings, and the life of the party is always desserts. Bring a dessert and you're automatically the best guest to ever grace the planet. Right?

This recipe brings chocolate and vanilla together in a way that is, unfortunately, so delicious that it's impossible to stop at one cookie. So go ahead and eat two. Really. Each cookie is only 43 calories!

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Makes 4½ dozen

Per Serving 
Calories:  43  ♥ Fat: 1.7g ♥ Carbs: 6g ♥  Protein: 1g ♥ Sodium: 21mg ♥ Cholesterol: 7mg   

 Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

  • ¼ cup margarine, softened
  • ¼  cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½  (8-ounce) package Neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 1 (1-ounce) square semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  1. Cream margarine; gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed on an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add yogurt, egg, and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Stir in flour; shape dough into a flat disc, and chill thoroughly.
  4. Roll dough to ⅛-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 1-inch squares. Cut each square diagonally from the corners to the center, leaving a ½-inch portion of dough in center uncut.
  5. Combine cheese, chocolate, and powdered sugar in a small bowl, beating at low speed of an electric mixer until well blended. 
  6. Spoon to heaping ¼ teaspoon chocolate mixture onto center of each square.
  7. Fold every other point of cut corners to the center to form a pinwheel. Press firmly to seal seam of point.
  8. Place pinwheels on ungreased cookie sheets; bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Cool on wire racks.
  10. Enjoy lightly.