Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Low Fat Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

How can cookies be part of a healthy diet?  The answer is simple - consume in moderation and choose (or bake) cookies with healthier ingredients.

For today's blog post I created a lower fat Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie recipe.  As with many of my recipes I substituted the butter with lower fat ingredients (apple sauce and light buttery spread) and decreased the sugar.  Additionally for this recipe I decreased the amount of butterscotch chips used in comparison to many other similar recipes.  The best news is that the substitutions did not compromise the flavor!!  Proving you really do not need to use ALL of that sugar most recipes call for me.

Do you ever wonder what exactly butterscotch consists of?  The primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter, while corn syrup, cream, and vanilla are added to some varieties.  Try not to get butterscotch and toffee confused.  The difference with butterscotch is that the sugar is not boiled as long producing a softer outcome.  Both offer a delicious sweet flavor!

How can you healthify your favorite cookie recipe?

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Low Fat Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: dessert
Ingredients (42 cookies)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons light buttery spread (ie. Smart Balance light)
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups butterscotch chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit; place a non-stick baking liner on cookie sheet (or spray a non-stick spray on sheet)
2. In a large bowl mix together (using hand mixer) both butters, applesauce, eggs, sugars, and vanilla
3. In a separate smaller bowel mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon; slowly mix in flour mixture to large bowl; stir oatmeal and butterscotch chips
4. Drop rounded cookie dough with a spoon or small cookie scooper (~1 tablespoon onto cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until brown
Serving size: 1 cookie • Servings: 42 • Calories: 101.4 kcal • Protein: 1.3 g • Sodium: varies • Carbs: 19.9 g • Fat: 2.4 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Sugars: 13.9 g
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