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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt Popsicles

The warm temperatures this week have me yearning for springtime.  I can't wait for long flowy dresses and wedge sandals.  I want to head out to the countryside and pick berries.  I'm ready for winter to release its grip from the Northeast so boyfriend and I can spend out weekends on our bikes, enjoying picnics under shady trees.

While giving our kitchen a good, post-new years cleaning, I came across my popsicle molds.  The day was cold and dark and I was sad to realize it would be months before I would be filling the molds with fresh berry purees and citrusy juices.  The molds went back into the cupboard, waiting for their chance to shine again.

It was this warmer week that brought the popsicle molds back to the front of my mind.  That, along with boyfriends Chobani week, gave me the inspiration to bring you these beauties - Chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt pops.  Maybe with the first set of popsicles, spring will follow soon after?  Like the groundhog of the food world.  Let's hope, because I'm ready for floaty chiffon tops and trips to the farmers market.

These yogurt pops bring our Chobani week to an end, because you can't finish your day without a tasty dessert!  Boyfriend has taught us a little something about the grocery business and the secret world that is behind those swinging doors.  And he's learned quite a bit about yogurt and all the great things you can do with it!

Are you ready for spring?  Or maybe you live in one of those temperate regions of the world, where if it drops below fifty degrees people break out the winter coats.  Seems like we will have a few more chilly weeks here in the tri-state region, doesn't mean I won't be eating these popsicles, just means I'll be curled up on the couch under a blanket when I do eat them!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Yogurt Popsicles

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed, dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups vanilla Green yogurt

In a large bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Add this mixture to the large bowl and stir the flour mixture into the butter.  Stir until the flour is all incorporated and moistened.

Add yogurt to the cookie dough and stir.  You want to combine most of it, but leave some chunks of cookie dough in the yogurt.

Spoon yogurt mixture into the popsicle molds.  You may need to push the yogurt down into the mold.  Insert sticks and place in the freezer for at leat 4-6 hours. 

To remove the popsicles, gently warm the outside of the mold with running water.  The popsicles will hopefully slide out in one piece!
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