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Chocolate Chip Fudgy Cups

Chocolate Chip Fudgy CupsThis cookie has something for everyone. The crust is chocolate chip cookie dough; the filling is a rich brownie. They are a little more involved to make, but well worth the effort.

Recipe Ingredients:

Chocolate Chip Dough:
1/3 cup stick butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup Equal® Spoonful*
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Fudge Nut Filling:
1 cup Equal® Spoonful**
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 tablespoons stick butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Chocolate Chip Dough: Beat 1/3 cup butter with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla until blended. Mix in 1/3 cup Equal® and brown sugar until combined. Combine 1 cup flour, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix into butter mixture.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips. Form dough into circle about 1/2-inch thick. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze while preparing Fudge Nut Filling.
  3. For Fudge Nut Filling: Combine 1 cup Equal®**, 3/4 cup flour, cocoa, nuts, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Beat applesauce, 6 tablespoons butter, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla until blended. Stir in combined flour mixture until well blended.
  4. Remove Chocolate Chip Dough from freezer. Spread approximately 1 rounded tablespoonful of dough in each of 24 mini-muffin pans. Fill each with Fudge Nut Filling to top of cup.
  5. Bake in preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 15 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in muffin pans about 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.

Makes 24 cookie cups.

*May substitute 8 packets Equal sweetener

**May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe; 1 cookie cup): calories 138, protein 2 g, carbohydrate 14 g, fat 8 g, cholesterol 41 mg, sodium 106 mg.

Food Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 fat.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Merisant Corporation ® and the NutraSweet Company, makers of Equal®.

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.