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Two Ways To Make Low Fat Cookies Without Losing Taste

June 22, 2010

Baked goods like cookies can be high in fat and calories. Just one cup of butter in a cookie recipe can already add 177 grams of fat and 1,600 calories! The shortening and margarine can also have trans-fats or hydrogenated fats which are known to raise bad cholesterol levels. More people nowadays are opting for low fat cookies whether purchasing them in a store, ordering for online cookies, or baking them at home. Especially for those making the cookies, there are ways to lessen their fat content without sacrificing flavor and taste.

One way to lower the fat in cookies is by using fruit purees or sweet fat substitutes. You can use fruit purees to replace the fats used in baked goods, particularly half of the fat found in cookies. Fruit purees include applesauce, and pureed prunes. For a recipe for low fat cookies, use half as much of the applesauce or pureed prunes to substitute for the entire amount of fat that is required by the recipe. If the cookie batter looks dry, you can add more fruit puree. Sweet fat substitutes such as prune butter, jam, apple butter, honey, fruit juice concentrates can replace all the fat in baked goods, or at least half of the fat in cookies.

A second way to lower fat in cookies is by using cooked mashed vegetables. Mashed pumpkin or squash can be used to substitute a portion or all of the fat required for baked goods, or at least half of the fat in cookies. In recipes, use ¾ as much of the mashed vegetables as the full quantity of fat that the recipe calls for. Again, if the cookie batter looks dry, add more mashed vegetables. Mashed sweet potatoes can also be used as a fat substitute.

So for those wanting to start baking healthy, or for those who are interested in selling online cookies that won’t hurt the waistlines of customers, here’s a sample recipe for low-fat cookies that is high in flavor. It’s a great treat for parties or gifts.

Recipe for Low-fat Lemon Cookies

This cookie recipe is a fresh-tasting and easy to make low fat cookie recipe that can be done in just 30 minutes. They can also be prepared ahead of time and can be frozen until needed.

For the recipe you will need: 1 box lemon cake mix, 1/2 c. applesauce, 1 egg, 1 cup corn flakes, and 1 T. lemon juice

Procedure: Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Drop the batter by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes. The recipe makes 48 cookies at 48 calories each.

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