Sugar Cookies are one of my families favorite past times. As long as I can remember, I always made sugar cookies and homemade icing with my mom every Christmas. This year I wanted to continue that tradition with Quin. Being the health nut that I am I wanted to mix up the recipe a bit and try to make a healthy version. This one was approved by my husband so you know it must be good. In my opinion the difference is that they are not as grainy as regular sugar cookies and they are a little more frail. They have a little bit of a sweet aftertaste since we used Stevia. Next time I would probably use a little less stevia. They don’t need that extra 2 tbsp. There are also several alternatives to the butter. We used avocado but you can use any of the following…
Alternatives to butter:
Applesauce: Often used to replace oil in recipes and works best in cake-like recipes. Replace half the amount of butter in your recipe with applesauce; if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of applesauce. If you don’t mind a denser, more moist bread, replace all the butter with applesauce to cut even more calories and fat.
Avocado: Substitute half the amount of butter in a baking recipe with mashed avocado. It works well with cookies. Use the same method as you would when using applesauce. Using avocado not only lowers the calorie content but also creates a softer, chewier baked good, and is perfect if you want to omit the dairy.
Greek yogurt: Replace half the amount of butter in your cookie recipes with half the amount of full-fat plain Greek yogurt. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and one quarter cup of yogurt. You’ll reduce the calories and the saturated fat. Play around with using more yogurt and less butter to see if you still like the taste and consistency
Skinny Sugar Cookie Recipe:
What you need:
1/4 cup Butter Softened
1/4 cup + 2 tbs Baking Stevia or 3/4 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar
1 Whole egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Oat Flour (or any whole wheat pastry flour/coconut flour/blanched almond flour)
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
What to do:
In a mixer combined butter or alternative with sugar substitute and mash. Then add egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients and mix together. Add Dry ingredients to wet ingredients slowly so they do not clump and harden. Take dough out and mash into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
Remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 375. On a piece of wax paper roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Use cookie cutters to create the cookie and place the shape on a greased cookie sheet. top with sprinkles if you like and Bake for about 8 minutes. Ice with icing of choice if desired.