Making Cookies Lighter

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.

Lighter Cookies Are Delicious



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

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