Clean Chocolate Chunk Scookies

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Moist & tender whole wheat scones shaped like cookies and studded with rich dark chocolate.
An easy recipe for an addictive healthy treat!

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

With barely a week left until Valentine’s Day, my guy discovered that he accidentally agreed to work from 4:30-10:30 the night of February 14th. With a dinner date completely out of the question, we decided to improvise. Instead of rescheduling our romantic evening for a day or two later, we bought spur-of-the-moment tickets to see the San Jose Sharks, our favorite hockey team, play in their final game before the Winter Olympic Break.  

 

We rarely follow the rules when holidays roll around.

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

So the Friday before, we hopped in the car and carefully drove 2+ hours in the pouring rain to the arena. Despite the clogged freeways full of people careening home during rush hour, we cruised right along in the carpool lane and still arrived with enough time to use the restroom, find our section, and sneak a few photos. (Okay, that last one was just me… My guy really dislikes having his picture taken and seldom smiles for the camera unless at a sporting event!)

 

We settled into our seats, bundled up in our festive Valentine’s Day colors—black and teal sweatshirts and jerseys—with our special souvenir soda cups, ready for the puck to drop. Along with our 17,000 closest friends, we cheered, booed, applauded, and shouted our way through the first 20 minutes of play, waving our arms like lunatics imitating our mascot’s shark jaws during power plays and pumping our fists in the air for goals.

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

After building a lead in the first period, the next 2 flew by quickly, other than losing the circulation in a few of my fingers for a couple of minutes due to gripping my soda cup too tightly… But that provided the perfect excuse to hold hands on our date while my guy sweetly warmed them up for me! And against all of the unwritten rulebooks prohibiting it, he thoughtfully bought extra crispy garlic fries to munch on for our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner later in the game.

 

We drove home a very happy couple, basking in the joy of the Sharks’ victory and spending an entire evening together away from work and chores.

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

Back in my kitchen, our fun twist on Valentine’s Day inspired me to create a whimsical, outside-the-box treat to share with you all. After a few nights of intense cravings for both breakfast and dessert, I decided on a mishmash of two of my favorite goodies:

 

Scones + Cookies = Scookies!

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

With the adorable appearance of miniature bite-size cookies, these Clean Chocolate Chunk Scookies taste just like scones: subtly sweet, incredibly moist, and completely bursting with decadent dark chocolate. Despite their classic buttery comforting taste, they’re secretly healthy, so you won’t actually feel guilty when you give in to the temptation of popping the whole batch into your mouth!

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

To make these scookies clean-eating friendly, I used whole wheat flour. It provides extra fiber and nutrients, but you can barely taste it! Even with its reputation for turning baked goodies dense and dry, these whole wheat treats still turned out unbelievably light and moist. If you don’t have any, you can substitute all-purpose flour instead.

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

I only added 1 tablespoon of butter to this entire recipe. Traditional scones depend on nearly 4-8 times as much to stay moist, but I turned to another secret ingredient instead. (Hang on, I’ll reveal it in a minute!) Unlike creaming or melting softened butter for cookies, scones require cutting chilled butter into the flour with a fork or pastry cutter. I recently bought an inexpensive pastry cutter at Walmart for less than $3, and it has been worth every penny! It created the perfect small buttery nuggets for these scookies, so I highly recommend buying one. (You can use it for making pie crusts too!)

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

Now for my secret ingredient… Greek yogurt! As a huge staple in healthier baking, it adds tons of moisture without the excess fat and calories of butter and oil. Plus Greek yogurt contains around 5 times as much protein as regular yogurt, making it a tasty way to sneak in some extra nutrients! I added ¼ cup into these scookies, just like with my favorite scone recipe, and many readers have called those scones the lightest, moistest ones they’ve ever had. Trust me; the Greek yogurt works magic!

 

Similar to scones, these low fat scookies are not overly sweet. They contain NO refined sugar, which most scone recipes typically include, and depend on a touch of maple syrup instead. I added just enough to taste to prevent them from tasting like plain bread, but not enough to send you into a sugar coma.

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

And now for the most important part: dark chocolate! If possible, chop up a dark chocolate bar (70% or 72% is best) instead of turning to chocolate chips. Chocolate chips contain a stabilizer that prevents them from completely melting, but chopping up a bar ensures that the dark chocolate melts and oozes a little more. You want to cut the chocolate rather small—no larger than miniature chocolate chips—to guarantee that every bite contains chocolate. And save a few chunks to press into the tops to give them a pretty finishing touch!

 

To create that characteristic lightly crusty scone exterior, lightly brush the tops with a mixture of milk and maple syrup. You’ll bake them at a fairly high temperature to form a small layer of caramelization on the scones’ surfaces. It’s basically the best part!

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

Like I mentioned in my last recipe, I almost always give away most of the treats I bake once I’ve sampled a few. But after inviting my guy to try one of these Clean Chocolate Chunk Scookies, I ate the remaining 15 all by myself—they’re that addictive! The sweet crisp exterior, the tender crumb inside, and the rich dark chocolate chunks convinced me to keep nibbling on one after another.

 

If you’re like me, these are bound to be your new favorite breakfast, snack, and guilt-free treat for any time of day!

 

A irresistible combination of scones & cookies! Moist & tender with rich dark chocolate. The best healthy clean-eating treat!

 

Clean Chocolate Chunk Scookies

Yield: 16 scookies

Serving Size: 2 scookies

Clean Chocolate Chunk Scookies

These taste subtly sweet like scones but have the adorable appearance of miniature cookies! They’re incredibly light and moist, studded with decadent dark chocolate. Store any leftovers at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

¾ c whole wheat flour (measured correctly)
¾ tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter, chilled
¼ c plain nonfat Greek yogurt
5 + ½ tsp nonfat milk, divided
4 + 1/8 tsp maple syrup, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ oz (3-4 tsp) dark chocolate, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter. Mix in the yogurt, 4 ½ teaspoons of milk, 4 teaspoons of maple syrup, and vanilla. Fold in 3 ½ teaspoons of the chocolate.
  3. Divide the dough into 16 small balls, and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Combine the remaining 1 teaspoon of milk and 1/8 teaspoon of maple syrup, and lightly brush on the tops of the scookies. Press the remaining ½ teaspoon of chocolate chunks into the tops. Bake at 425°F for 10-11 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Note: This recipe is easily doubled!

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Comments

  1. Leanne says on February 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Love these, Amy! Going to be making a batch this week. Love your date idea, too. My boyfriend fell asleep on the couch at 8 on Vday (he works early and long days), which kind of was a gift in itself because I got to eat cake and chocolate and read in peace and quiet. :)

    • Amy says on February 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Leanne; I really hope you enjoy them! I’m laughing about how you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day peace, quiet, and chocolate… That’s how I am on every Friday night because my guy works then! It’s really nice to have that “me” time, isn’t it? :)

  2. Lauren says on February 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve also had a “scuffin” before (scone and muffin together) and the texture is amazing, so I can’t imagine that this scookie would be any different! I’m certainly not a baker but this recipe seems easy to do and I can’t wait to try them!

    • Amy says on February 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Lauren! Scuffins sound like great fun; I may have to try that next, all thanks to you! :) I can’t wait to hear what you think of these scookies too!

      • Lauren says on February 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Just made them and added cinnamon – they were awesome!!!! Thanks again for the recipe :)

        • Amy says on February 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

          You’re welcome Lauren! Cinnamon is my absolute favorite spice; I’ll definitely try that next time. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

  3. Andrea says on February 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

    What a sweet date!! So glad you and your guy got away for a super fun date night. Chris and I don’t follow the rule either- I strictly commanded him to please NOT buy me flowers on V-day, as I know they jack up the prices for that day, and we had a fancy dinner/dessert in the night of the 15th instead of going out with the crowds on the 14th. Even more romantic, in my opinion! ;)

    • Amy says on February 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Your Valentine’s Day on the 15th sounds perfect Andrea! We actually celebrated the day before last year for the same reason — no crowds, no lines, no wait & more romantic! :) It’s totally true about flowers, especially roses. I can’t believe they’re going for at least $20 a dozen, just for February! It’s insane. I’m currently “craving” (uhh, not sure what the correct verb is when it comes to flowers; I always have the other flour & baking in the brain!) daisies instead. Probably because of Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail” where she talks about them being the happy/friendly flower. Too cute!

  4. Katy says on February 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I have become more and more a fan of Greek yogurt because of your website! You are so right in how it makes everything so moist… Also, the amount of protein and the lack of fat make me so happy every time I use it. :)

    • Amy says on February 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Katy, I’m incredibly touched that you continue to invite me and my recipes into your kitchen. It’s so rewarding to hear about the treats you’ve tried and enjoyed. :) And I’m so happy you approve of the Greek yogurt too!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says on February 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Celebrating on the day is overrated…and expensive. Your date was better! Love these scookies, and their name too!

    • Amy says on February 18, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! It’s true; we’ve celebrated nearly every holiday (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) early or late this past year. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, New Year’s Eve… We’re a little crazy! ;)

  6. Joanna says on February 22, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    MMMmmmm, Yum! :) xo

    • Amy says on February 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks Joanna! :)

  7. meg says on March 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Hi Amy,

    Did you try a batch of these with whole wheat pastry flour? Or do you think it would work / require tweaking?

    Thanks!

    • Amy says on March 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I haven’t tried making these with whole wheat pastry flour, but I’m sure it’d work just fine. I’d love to hear what you think if you try that Meg! :)

  8. Shabnam says on August 8, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I am a fan now!

    Love the s cookies. Kids can’t get enough of them.

    Used honey instead of maple syrup.

    Thanks.

    Shabnam

  9. Shabnam says on August 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    If instead of 16 balls, I made them into 4 cookies, how should I adjust temperature and baking time?

    Thanks…I’m absolutely new to baking.

    Shabnam

    • Amy says on August 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I’m so happy you and your kids enjoyed my scookies Shabnam! If making them into 4 larger scookies, I usually shape them fairly round instead of flattening them out. They should still bake at 425°F, but they’ll probably need 12-15 minutes instead. Look for a light golden brown on the outside, and the if you gently touch the tops, they should feel somewhat firm. I hope that helps!

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