Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 5: Lightened Up Snickerdoodles

I don't think there is any flavor more comforting than cinnamon sugar.  Whether sprinkled on buttered toast or rolled on dough balls and inhaled by the handful...err, I mean daintily eaten with restraint, it just feels cozy and well, addicting.  Lessen that guilt a bit with this healthier version of this classic that tastes good any time of year!

Lightened Up Snickerdoodles

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg white
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup Trader Joe's 100% White Whole Wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon Hain baking powder*
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more if desired)
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine 3/8 cup (6 tbsp) sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar and butter in bowl. Beat with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg.

In another bowl combine flour, baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Shape dough into 24 balls. (I used the large end of a melon baller then used the other end to help coat the cinnamon sugar in the little bowl)

Combine 1/8 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Roll balls in sugar mixture and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets coated with cooking spray or on a silpat. Flatten cookies with a glass with desired.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 5-6 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute and then move to a cooling rack.  Makes 24 cookies.

Nutritional Information per cookie: Calories 68  Total Fat 2g  Sat Fat 1g  Mono Fat 1g  Cholesterol 5mg  Sodium- 30mg  Potassium 34mg  Total Carbs 13g  Sugar 9g  Protein 1g  Vitamin A 1%  Calcium 1%  Iron 2%

*- Hain baking powder contains no sodium & is available at most Whole Foods.  Sodium is 41mg per cookie if using regular baking powder.

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  1. Those look really good! And at 68 calories per cookie they are definitely doable.

  2. Still stuck on the brownies from yesterday, heading to TJ's tonight for Candy Cane Joe Joes. Must. Make Brownies. Then give away most of them!

    These sound great, too, and will be on the 'must try' list because snickerdoodles are a family fav. YUM!

  3. Added to my 'to print and make' document, which is getting quite large. (Tip: Invest in sugar futures.)

  4. 68!! Per cookie! I can afford that!

  5. OK, you are WONDER WOMAN!!! How you can resist the dough and only eat these responsibly is AMAZING. I just pulled some out of the oven and can't wait until they are cool enough to eat!!!! The dough was incredible *blush*I'm not worthy*bow*all Wayne and Garth style.

    WOW!! You are a hero!!!

  6. Thanks for another great recipe. Ps: I never had snicker doodle cookie.

  7. Hi!! I have been following. These are all so delicious and tasty-looking! I just have to raise my hand here and say, "I'm making these!" LOVE Snickerdoodles!

    You have done a gorgeous job with the cookie presentations. Each one different and attractive in it's own way! Just lovely!! Thank you.


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