Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Healthy Spider Sandwich Cookies

Are you looking for a healthier Halloween treat to serve your friends and family?

If so you are reading the perfect blog post for you!  This simple recipe is not only delicious, but also lower in calories compared to most traditional cookie recipes.  Lesser sugar amounts combined with lower fat ingredients produce a healthier halloween treat. Two chocolate cookies are filled with a sweetened peanut butter icing.  Pretzel sticks and cereal is added to form the spider features.

What Halloween recipes do you remember enjoying as a child?  One of my favorite recipes was something known as "Dirt Pudding".  The recipe includes vanilla pudding, cream cheese, and Oreo cookies all mixed together and served to represent dirt.  Google it - you will be addicted!  Unfortunately "Dirt Pudding" is loaded with calories and sugar, and therefore is limited to special occasions in my household.

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Spider Sandwich Cookies

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: dessert
Ingredients (18 sandwiches)
    • 3 tablespoons butter (unsalted), softened
    • 2 tablespoons light buttery spread (ie. Smart Balance or Brummel and Brown spread)
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cup white (or wheat) flour
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
    • 1-2 teaspoon butter, melted
    • 1.5-2 tablespoons low fat milk
    • 1.5 tablespoon peanut butter powder (ie. PB2)
    Spider Parts:
    • 108 mini pretzel sticks
    Optional icing (for less sugar):
    • Plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • Confectioners sugar
    • Peanut butter powder
    • optional: Cheerio cereal
    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; place silicone cookie mat on cookie sheet (or spray with non-stick cooking spray)
    2. In a large mixing bowl blend together (with mixer) butter, light buttery spread, and applesauce; add eggs, sugars, vanilla extract
    3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder
    4. Gradually mix flour mixture into dough; mix well
    5. Drop rounded cookie dough (tablespoon vs small cookie scooper) onto cookie sheet; using a knife spread the dough to the desired cookie size (cookie will not really spread while cooking)
    6. Cook for 8-10 minutes (or until cooked) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit
    7. Let cookies cool completely.
    8. Once cookies cooled combine confectioners sugar, melted butter, milk, and peanut butter powder
    9. On one cookie bottom spread about 1 tablespoon of icing; place 8 of the pretzel thins on the icing to form the spider legs; top with another cooke to form a sandwich; repeat for remaining cookies
    10. If desired add Cherios for eyes (will likely need icing to help keep in place)
    Servings: 18 • Serving size: 1 sandwich • Calories: 218.3 kcal • Protein: 3.5 g • Sodium: 252.0 mg • Carbs: 44.2 g • Fat: 4.4 g • Fiber: 1.8 • Sugars: 27.3 g
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