‘Tis the season for holiday treats, but you don’t have to indulge in sweets and cookies that are high in fat and calories. Stay on track with your weight loss while enjoying festive options that taste just as great with less fat and sugar.
Here is a recipe from Health.com for Ginger Molasses Cookies. This cookie tastes just like Christmas and weighs in at only 2 grams of fat.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 5 3/4 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown or Muscovado sugar
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
2 ounces (1/3 cup) chopped (1/8-inch pieces) crystallized ginger
2 teaspoons molasses
1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, crystallized ginger and salt.
3. In a food processor, process the sugars for about 1 minute until they’re well mixed. With the motor running, add the butter in pieces. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the egg white, molasses and vanilla and process about 5 seconds, just until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pulse in the flour mixture until incorporated, about 20 pulses.
4. Roll dough by tablespoons into balls, then roll them in granulated sugar. Place on baking sheets, flatten slightly. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 15 minutes or just until the cookies begin to brown on top and are just set around the edges. Do not overbake.
5. Remove baking sheets from oven and allow cookies to sit on sheets for 2 minutes or until firm enough to lift with a small, flexible pancake turner. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.
Calories per serving: 61
Fat per serving: 2g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 1g
Carbohydrates per serving: 10g
Fiber per serving: 0.0g
Cholesterol per serving: 6mg
Iron per serving: 0.0mg
Sodium per serving: 44mg
Calcium per serving: 6mg
Try this recipe and let us know what you think! What are some of your other favorite holiday recipes that are easy and guilt-free?