We are cold here. It’s Dallas, it’s normally 70, but something’s happened. I want to lie in a pile of warm laundry and eat a giant pizookie until I pop, or until next week’s episode of Billions comes on. Whatever happens first.
But the thing about pizookies is they’re all sugar and chocolate. Okay, the reverse argument would be that this does not sound like such a bad thing, certainly not something to hold a grudge over. And trust me, the only grudge I hold is how small they make the spoons that go with said pizookies. However, pizookies are not your best friend. They don’t stop by every day with a bottle of pinot. They don’t tell you that you do not look fat in that dress. They don’t bring up your ex who they saw the other day at Starbucks with some snarky comment. “Gurl, if he could see you now . . .” You eat that pizookie, and it’s gone, and then what? And then you’re just like, “Did I eat that whole thing? Why did I eat that whole thing? Why’s it called a pizookie in the first place? Oh, pizza + cookie obviously. Totally clever. Anyway, where’s a treadmill?”
Listen to me. Pizookies do not have to be pure sugar. I love Truvia Baking Blend for this exact reason. Less sugar, more stevia, the perfect amount of sweet. Perhaps you can slap a 1/2 cup of Halo Ice Cream on there and call it guilt-free magic. Or perhaps you can share it with your hunny on Valentine’s Day. Think of it. One giant cookie. One scoop of ice cream. Two spoons. Zero guilt. Ugh, you’re such a romantic. Now here’s what happened when I “skinnified” my pizookie and put some Nutella in it: Hello, gorgeous. Now, how ’bout that scoop of ice cream. Now, how about we eat.Here’s how to make this pizookie Valentine’s thing happen:
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- - 1/2 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, "Lite," softened at room temperature (320 calories)
- - 1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend, "Brown" (105 calories)
- - 1/6 cup Truvia Baking Blend (64 calories)
- - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (24 calories)
- - 3 tablespoons liquid eggbeaters or egg-whites (25 calories)
- - 1 cup all-purpose flour (400 calories)
- - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- - 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- - 1/4 teaspoon salt
- - 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (400 calories)
- - 1/3 cup Nutella (530 calories)
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and both Truvia Baking Blends until blended.
- Add vanilla extract and eggbeaters. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add dry mix to wet mix, beating after each addition until all ingredients have been combined and dough is soft and airy.
- Add semisweet chocolate chips and mix slowly, careful not to break chips.
- In a lightly greased cast iron skillet or dish of choice (compatible with oven), spread cookie dough until thin. Dollop about a tablespoon worth of Nutella on one area of the cookie and repeat, careful no two tablespoons of Nutella are too close to each other.
- With a knife, pull batter and Nutella together, running the knife in thin lines through each as if you're drawing Ws. Once batter and Nutella have been "swirled," bake in the oven for approximately 25 - 35 minutes, or until completely baked. If using a dark pan, your cookie will bake at a faster pace.