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Had some fun with this photo shoot so here’s another one for you….

Holiday time is filled with all sorts of cookies and candy.  You may have family recipes you pull out year after year or attempt something new.  Either way, we can all count on an abundance of sweets at Christmas time.  My holiday spiced cookies will fit perfectly on your festive menu, and into your healthy lifestyle.  Who can pass up a delicious, warm spice cookie for 95 calories?  Aromas of pure Christmas will fill your home as these easy, sweet treats bake.

Quick and easy gift idea: stack cookies in a clear treat bag from a craft store, tie with a colorful ribbon and label with a homemade tag ~ include the recipe too if you choose.

makes 22 cookies

  • 2 cups WHOLE WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR
  • 2 tsp GINGER, GROUND
  • 2 tsp CINNAMON, GROUND
  • 2 tsp ALLSPICE, GROUND
  • 1 tsp BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 tsp SALT, SEA
  • 1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR, GOLDEN
  • 1/2 cup APPLESAUCE, UNSWEETENED
  • 8 tbsp BUTTER, UNSALTED, SOFTENED (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT

1. Cream softened butter and sugar together with a mixer in a large bowl. Add applesauce and vanilla; mix until incorporated.

2. Add flour and remaining ingredients. Stir just until combined (dough will be sticky).

3. On a floured board, roll and shape dough into a long log shape about 1-2 inches in diameter. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cut logs into 22 little discs. Dip the top of each cookie in cinnamon/sugar mixture, if desired. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Serve with tea or vanilla frozen yogurt.

VARIATIONS: To make homemade cookie sandwiches place 1/4 cup light ice cream or low fat frozen yogurt in between two cookies, press together and wrap in plastic. Store in the freezer until firm for a convenient, refreshing dessert anytime.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING:  95 calories, 4g fat, 10mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 14g carb, 2g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein

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