Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet

(Lightened Up) Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet - Feel free to indulge in this Cookie Skillet for under 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories!

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

(Lightened Up) Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet - Feel free to indulge in this Cookie Skillet for under 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

Hello there! Did we all survive the holidays? Have the cookie comas subsided? This probably isn’t the best time to be posting a massive cookie right up in your faces, but I promise, it’s New Year’s Resolution-ized!

It’s ooey, gooey, chocolately, and served warm, straight out of the oven with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce. But wait… There’s more! It’s been totally guilt-reduced. What I’m saying is: YOU CAN EAT ALL THIS FOR UNDER 200 CALORIES! Well… Not ALL this. We’re not talking the entire skillet. We are talking a good-sized wedge of warm cookie, served with a scoop of frozen yogurt, and that aforementioned salted caramel sauce – Ahem, FOR UNDER 200 CALORIES!

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

For me, the New Year is all about trying to make better choices. Having one glass of wine after work, rather than one bottle. Cutting back to only one Real Housewives location per season, rather than three – Did you know that there’s a Real Housewives of Cheshire? Real Housewives of Potomac coming next season… Can’t wait.

Food swapping with healthier alternatives is one change that I really find easy to do. You don’t have to go all out either. Even making a small change can add up in the end. Take my Half and Half Linguini for instance. Doesn’t sound healthy does it? The title can be a bit misleading… This isn’t a creamy pasta recipe using half and half. This is a pasta recipe that uses half real pasta and half zucchini noodles. That way you can enjoy a big bowl, while feeling much less guilty about it. And trust me, you’re going to want a big bowl – Topped with fried capers and fresh herbs, it’s absolutely delicious!

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

I put that same idea to test in this recipe. We’re sweeting this cookie skillet with Zing™ Baking Blend, made with stevia leaf extract and pure cane sugar. Plus, it only has 5 calories per serving.

I’m happy to report back that I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Not only could I not taste the difference in the sweetness, I also really, really, loved the texture that the cookie took on. While the center of the cookie remained perfectly ooey, they outside of the cookie took on a whole new airy, crispy, crackly light texture. Perfect for plopping down a big scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt right down into the middle of it!

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

Who’s ready to dig in? ⬆ ⬆ ⬆

(Lightened Up) Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet - Feel free to indulge in this Cookie Skillet for under 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings
This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and Zing™ Baking Blend. Once well combined, add the egg, vanilla, flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand to incorporate.
  3. Place the cookie dough in an oven-proof skillet and lightly press down to create a uniform cookie.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve topped with salted caramel sauce and ice cream.

Tips for Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet:

  • If you’d like to lighten things up even more, you can prepare the salted caramel sauce using Zing Baking Blend as well. Just swap out the 1 cup of sugar for ½ cup Zing Baking Blend.
  • Visit the Zing™ website to find Zing™ Baking Blend in a store near you.

Looking for more salted caramel dessert recipes? Try these:

This Lightened Up Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet only tastes decadent! Healthy swaps are made so you can feel free to indulge for less than 200 calories! | platingsandpairings.com

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

8 comments

  1. Monica Louie

    This looks delicious, and I love that you made it healthier without losing the flavor! Getting healthier is on my agenda for 2016!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Monica – I really loved the texture of this cookie skillet. My boyfriend and I have been slowly eating it all week! It reheats really nicely 🙂

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  2. Create/Enjoy

    What a treat! That sweetener blend sounds interesting. Sometimes I don’t like the taste of stevia but might be better in a blend. I don’t go for “low calorie” foods since I usually want the calories to provide nutrition as well as taste!, but I do appreciate lower-sugar options!

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    1. Erin

      I hope you get a chance to try out the Zing – I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how little the taste of baked goods actually changes with this substitution! I actually liked the texture of this cookie better with the Zing blend.

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  3. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    It’s 1am, and I REALLY want to make this right now. I have Zing in my pantry and have really enjoyed lightening up holiday recipes with it! This dessert looks amazing!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn! Your spritz cookies looked amazing as well! I agree, I’m really loving using Zing to make things just a bit more guilt-free!

      Reply

  4. Bethany @ Athletic Avocado

    Oh my goodness this is heaven in a skillet! Salted caramel anything is to die for, especially when there is cookies involved!

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    1. Erin

      I agree Bethany! Warm Cookie + Melty Frozen Yogurt = Heaven!

      Reply

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