Thursday, December 20, 2012

Healthier Cut-Out Sugar Cookies With Icing

Every holiday season I always look forward to baking and decorating sugar cookies.  Previously my recipe consisted of a pre-packaged cookie mix combined with an excessive amount of butter.  The cookies always tasted delicious, but were extremely high in calories and fat.  The cookie recipients enjoyed the flavor of the cookies, but would comment on the fact that a dietitian was providing them with these butter packed cookies.  This year my goal was to make a healthier sugar that still tasted equally as delicious.

The good news is that I have come up with a recipe that I am super excited to share!  After multiple attempts and numerous taste tests to perfect a healthier sugar cookie I feel confident I have come up with one.  In fact my taste tester (my husband) prefers this recipe to my previous butter filled recipe.

The average homemade sugar cookie with icing contains anywhere from 150 to 220 calories per cookie.  That means this healthier sugar cookie recipe contains at least half of the calories of the average sugar cookie.  You can enjoy sugar cookies without consuming extra calories!

My absolute favorite part about baking sugar cookies is the decoration process. This phase of the baking activity is perfect to include the kids (although depending on their age they can help mix and cut out the cookies).  As you can see from the pictures below I had a hard time deciding which sprinkles to use.  Which sprinkles do you like best?


2 1/2 cups enriched white flour
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup Smart Balance Light buttery spread, softened (or butter)
1/3 unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons low fat milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Additional flour for rolling out cookies

2/3 - 1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Smart Balance Light buttery spread (or butter)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (try to use clear if possible)
1 1/2 teaspoon boiling water

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2.  Combine butter, Smart Balance, applesauce, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl; beat on medium speed until creamy
3.  In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture and beat on low speed
4.  Using rolling pin roll out dough on a floured surface and use cookie cutters of choice to cut out cookies; place cookies on cookie sheet.
5. Bake cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes.

For icing:
1. Combine ingredients and mix well.

Nutrition: (serving size varies from 24 - 48 cookies depending on size of cookies) (includes icing)
Serving size: 1 cookie • Servings: 24 • Calories: 129.2 kcal • Protein: 1.6 g  •  Carbs: 20.4 g • Fat: 4.4 g • Fiber: 0.4 g • Sugar: 10.3 g • Sodium: 69.1 mg
Serving size: 1 cookie • Servings: 48 • Calories: 64.6 kcal • Protein: 0.8 g  •  Carbs: 10.2 g • Fat: 2.2 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Sugar: 5.2 g • Sodium: 34.6 mg

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