A typical holiday cookie you'll encounter at a party could have as many as 200-300 calories. Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito's Healthy Holiday Spice Cookie recipe only has 53 calories!
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Healthy Holiday Spice Cookies
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes 12 cookies
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons unrefined palm sugar or jaggery
3 packets Stevia sweetener powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
2 tablespoons pureed cooked, peeled sweet potato
2 tablespoons liquid egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese, softened
Heat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl combine the butter, palm sugar, 2 packets of the Stevia, the baking powder, nutmeg and cloves. Use a wooden spoon to mix until well combined. Add the sweet potato, egg substitute and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, then mix until combined. Beat in the flour and flax seed meal.
Shape dough into a round, flat disk. Place the disk between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/8-inch thick.
Place the dough on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until the dough is very firm.
Remove the dough from the freezer and peel off the top sheet of paper. Use 2∏ to 3-inch cookie cutters to cut out 12 cookies.
If necessary, place the dough back in the freezer after making the cut outs. This will help the dough firm back up, making it easier to transfer the cutouts from the paper to the cookie sheet.
Place the dough cut outs on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the tops are just dry and edges are just starting to brown.
Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
To make the frosting, in a small bowl combine the cream cheese, the remaining packet of Stevia and the remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a small open tip. Decorate the cooled cookies with the icing.
2.2 grams of fat, 53 calories per serving