Happy Monday everyone!
I don’t know about you, but every time the holiday season rolls around I naturally have cookies and treats on the brain – imagine that! With my mom recently having surgery, she isn’t exactly…mobile. I figured yesterday would be a good day to hang out in the kitchen and whip up some goodies.
However, you all know how much I like to EAT, so I try and make healthier dough that still has the taste I crave.
After searching lots of recipes this year, I came up with two options I think you’ll enjoy. For those (like me!) who don’t mind stuffing your face with artificial sugar substitute, I have a dough for you! And for those of you who prefer all-natural, wholesome ingredients, I have a dough for you, too
Rolled SugarSplenda Sugar Blend Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cups Splenda Sugar Blend (This works MUCH better than Splenda granulated — and it has natural sugar in it too, for you artificial haters!)
- 1/2 cup egg beaters
- 3 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups organic whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and stir into the butter mixture a bit at a time, blending thoroughly as you go. Pat the dough into a ball, cover, and refrigerate for one hour (or overnight if you are making the day before)
Lightly flour a cutting board, and roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 F oven until golden, about 8 minutes.
NOTE: When baking with Splenda Sugar Blend, the cookies do not ‘brown’ as they normally would. I’ve heard that spraying some PAM on them before baking will help brown them, but I left mine as-is — afterall, that’s what FROSTING is for!
ALL-NATURAL Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup packed brown sugar (I used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and it worked VERY well! – I guess I can cross off ‘all-natural’ for me!)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg (You can use 1/4 cup egg beaters, if you’d like – I DID!)
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, milk, extracts and mix well. Blend together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, nutmeg and orange peel. Add to egg mixture and continue to mix until well blended.
Place dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for one hour. Roll dough onto floured surface and use your favorite cookie cutters. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet coated with cooking spray (I just used non-stick foil). Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 7 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pan for 2 minutes and transfer to wire rack.
Instead of making my own icing, I cheated and went with Betty Crocker and the Pillsbury Boy’s offerings.
Next (and this is IMPORTANT) crank up those holiday tunes.
Some of my faves (don’t judge): 98 Degrees, Luther Van Dross, Kenny G, Mariah Carey, Ann Murray (my mom’s FAVE), Michael Buble, NSYNC, Clay Aiken, Christina Aguilera, Amy Grant, Nat King Cole
Now get out that frosting and have fun!
Some of my favorites:
We didn’t stop at the cookies, though! No sirree! What is this, amateur hour? I think not. Next up : Oreo Bombs (or TRUFFLES, as the fancy people call them)
- 1 package of Oreos (I used reduced fat)
- 1 package (8 oz) of reduced fat cream cheese (softened)
Chop the Oreos into tiny morsels. Then mix with the softened cream cheese. It will look like you don’t have enough cream cheese, but you do!
Roll sections of the mixture into little balls (or bombs!) and set in the fridge for an hour to harden.
Once they firm, melt your favorite chocolate. I used white and dark (not together, though!).
Using a fork, roll the Oreo ball around in the chocolate until it’s covered (like a snowball!). Place on a non-stick foil or parchment paper and top with your favorite sprinkles.
I let another package of oreos take a swim in the chocolate, too.
While I was at it, I make some pecan clusters, too!
I used Dark Chocolate - cuz that makes it healthy, right?
When do you start making your holiday treats? What are your favorites?