The holidays are just around the corner. This time of year makes it hard to stick to a healthy diet. Cookies, cakes, cheese balls galore!! On the Taste of Home website I found an article on how to make your cookies lighter. I hope these suggestions help with your holiday eating.
There are simple ways to make your favorite cookies, brownies and bars healthier.
Here are some tips:
- Adding an extra egg white gives crunch to a low-fat cookie. In recipes that call for several eggs, substitute two egg whites for one of the eggs.
- Light cookies do not brown like their higher-sugar counterparts. Adding a little baking soda (in addition to any other leavening in the recipe) will promote browning.
- A little corn syrup will produce a browner cookie…with a crisp surface and soft interior. Substitute the corn syrup for the same amount of sugar called for in the recipe.
- Use cocoa instead of melted or grated chocolate to help reduce fat. Three tablespoons cocoa plus 1 tablespoon water or other liquid equals 1 square or 1 ounce of melted baking chocolate. Mix the cocoa with the dry ingredients and the liquid with the wet or creamed ingredients.
- using butter or a high-fat content margarine. Reduced-fat butters or margarines contain water and air and will not produce a quality cookie.
For the compete article click on the link: Lighter Cookies Are Delicious