Holiday Desserts for Dieters: A Twist on Sugar Cookies

holiday desserts for dietersDo you have a sweet tooth but are afraid of packing on pounds this holiday season? Well, it’s time for you to make slight changes to your favorite holiday desserts. Rest assured, you will hardly be able to taste the difference. Making slight changes to your favorite recipes by incorporating healthier ingredients can make a world of a difference to your weight and to your health. Here is a recipe for one of the best holiday desserts that will get your sweet tooth through the holiday season without you packing on the pounds:

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

Are you a fan of sugary cookies but are afraid of gaining weight during the holiday season, well there is a reason why these cookies are so popular and are better than any other holiday desserts. They will satisfy your sweet tooth and are only 125 calories per serving.

Ingredients
¼ cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups flour
½ baking soda
1 egg white
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
¼ teaspoon salt
For the Icing
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted

Method

In a large bowl, first whisk together the flour, wheat flour, salt and baking soda together and combine thoroughly.

In a separate medium sized bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Be sure to scrape the sides to avoid any wastage, then add the egg white, vanilla and almond extract and beat until all the ingredients are combined well.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and keep stirring until all the ingredients have combined well and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and allow it to chill for at least 4 hours

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit

Dust your working surface with some flour and then roll out your chilled dough immediately. The dough should be rolled to ¼ inch thickness

Use cookie cutters to cut shapes on to the dough and then gently transfer your cookies onto the baking sheet. Repeat the process with the scrap dough that is left

Allow the cookies to bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, remove the cookies and then allow it to cool for 5 minutes.

Transfer the cookie on to the wire rack and allow it to cool completely

While the cookies cool, start preparing the icing

To Prepare The Icing:

In a large bowl, whisk together all the icing ingredients until the mixture has reached the correct consistency. If the mixture appears too thin, add more sugar. If it appears too thin, you can add some lemon juice to make it much thicker.

Transfer the icing onto a plastic bag and outline your cookies according to your desired shape

Store the cookies in an airtight container. They should be kept no more than 3 days.

Enjoy you favorite holiday treat without the extra bulge this season!

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