December 20, 2010

Healthy Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe

Posted in Recipes, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 9:21 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by graur razvan ionut

Here’s a healthier alternative to the traditional spice cookies.

This recipe comes from the Taste of Home website.  Please see their webpage for the nutritional information for these cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup prune baby food
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons aniseed, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • Food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the baby food, molasses, egg and milk; mix well. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, aniseed, baking soda, cloves and fennel seed; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 3/16-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar. Beat in vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired. Decorate cookies as desired. Yield: 6 dozen.
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