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Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday's Festive Fare: "Healthy Low Calorie Holiday Cookies"

Whole-Grain Gingersnaps;

Who says there's no such thing as Healthy Holiday Treats! Well, while we never want to make a steady diet of  any gooey goodies, there has to be a little 'wiggle room' for ,oh....I don't know, maybe a Whole-Grain  "Gingersnap" here and there? Especially this time of year. There is always a healthier way to go about creating something sweet to share, it just takes a little research. I got this fabulous treat from Good HouseKeeping of all places. A FABULOUS RESOURCE by the way.  If the kids won't touch anything (or your husband or wife for that matter), that has the word 'healthy' attached to it, who says we need to share? In this case, what they don't know will only make you and the rest of your friends and loved ones healthier in the long run. I think my recipes should have proven that wrong a long time ago, but just in case you need more convincing, it is Friday's Festive Fare after here we go. Why not try these whole grain, good-for-you alternatives and bring some to your next Holiday Bash to share!
I'm off for a little Holiday Winter Wonder Land Weekend in Reston Town Square. Ever been there? It's a duplicate of "Rock Center" (in the Big Apple),  if I've ever seen one. SO, bake a batch or two, but eat ONLY a few and pass them along......
Until Monday,

Nutritional Information;
(per serving)
Calories 55 Per cookie!!!
Total Fat 2g
Saturated --

Yields: Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies


1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1 cup(s) whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon(s) ground ginger
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 cup(s) sugar
6 tablespoon(s) trans fat-free vegetable oil spread
1 large egg
1/2 cup(s) dark molasses
Nonpareils or round white sprinkles (optional)


1.On sheet of waxed paper, combine whole wheat and white flours, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

2.In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat sugar and vegetable oil spread until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Beat in egg and molasses. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture just until blended. Cover dough in bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until easier to handle (dough will still be slightly sticky).

3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With lightly greased hands, shape dough by heaping measuring teaspoons into 1-inch balls. If you like, dip top half of each ball in nonpareils. Place balls, 2 1/2 inches apart, on ungreased cookie sheet.

4.Bake cookies 9 to 11 minutes, or until tops are slightly cracked. (Cookies will be very soft.) Cool cookies on cookie sheet on wire rack 1 minute. With thin metal spatula, transfer cookies to rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

5.Store cookies in tightly covered container at room temperature up to 3 days or in freezer up to 1 month.

Serving size = 1 cookie
Weighing in at 55 calories, that's a lot of bang for your calorie buck, but be careful...have two at the most.
Any more than that and they'll bite you in the backside, LITERALLY!

Whole-Grain Gingersnaps - *Good Housekeeping

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