Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chrismahannakwanzakah Cookies


Happy Chrismahannakwanzakah!

Cookies are a great holiday present for those on a budget - they require time and effort and most of the ingredients are cheap if you don't already have them at home. 

These cookies taste like the real deal, but have 75% less sugar because of the Stevia blend I used. I also chose a cookie icing from Betty Crocker that was really easy to use and had 0 g of fat.

Ingredients: 
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup baking Stevia
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Optional Garnishes: decorative candies and colored sugars

Directions:
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer in a medium mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually add baking Stevia, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to baking Stevia blend mixture, beating until blended. Do not over-mix.

Place dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough in half; pat each half into a circle and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill cookie dough for one hour or until slightly firm.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove dough from refrigerator. Work with one portion of dough at a time. Roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a cookie cutter, and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorative candies or colored sugars, if desired.

Bake in preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Cool slightly on cookie sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Info (1/20 mix, no icing): 220 calories, 15 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 56 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 39 mg potassium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein, 11% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 7% iron, 12% folate, 12% selenium, 13% thiamine

Adapted from: http://recipes.splenda.com/recipes/1397045-Sweet-As-Sugar-Cookies