Lightened-Up Fudgy Brownies Recipe
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Lightened-Up Fudgy Brownies Recipe

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Almond extract enhances these chocolaty treats without adding calories. “These lightened brownies are fudgy and delicious–no one will realize they’re lower in fat,” says Margaret Wilson of Hemet, California.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 205 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the butter and chocolate until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in sugar until blended. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the egg whites, egg and extract; stir into chocolate mixture until blended. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking powder; gradually stir into chocolate mixture until blended.
  3. Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Fudgy Brownies in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p50

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StitchCrazy68 User ID: 6276698 160531
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"Unsweetened baking chocolate (Bakers)"

bonniequigg User ID: 3864442 165679
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Why is this in the diabetic recipes category? And by what criteria does this rate a healthy heart rating? I don't get it."

KathyMN User ID: 4339009 159983
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"I think the recipe means stir the butter and unsweetened chocolate."

mary_beth47 User ID: 3355346 159965
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"Re the Fudgy Brownies...

the direction say '...over medium heat, stir the butter and chocolate until melted.' What chocolate? I'm assuming chocolate morsels, right? How's not listed under ingredients. Can you use the sugar substitute in place of regular sugar in the recipe?

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