Low-Fat Cooking Recipe: Halloween Sugar Cookies
These buttery delights contain only about half the butter called for in most sugar cookie recipes yet still produce a sweet and satisfying sugar cookie. Red and orange food coloring gives these cookies an orange hue. Alternatively, decorate them with a glaze after baking by using confectioners sugar, lemon juice and food coloring. Use black decorating gel to add detail.
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
•5 tbsp butter, softened
•3/4 cup sugar
•1 tsp vanilla extract
•red and yellow food coloring (optional)
•1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, and food coloring if using, mixing well. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt, Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir flour mixture into butter, sugar and egg until a stiff dough forms. Don't worry if the dough appears crumbly at first; it will come together.
Wrap dough in plastic and chill for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thickness. Use Halloween-themed cookie cutters dipped in flour to make cutouts. Gather scraps and reroll until all the dough is used.
Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack after 1 minute to cool.
Makes up to 30 cookies, depending on size of cookie cutters used.
Per Cookie: Calories 65, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2.2g (sat 1.3g), Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 38mg, Carbohydrate 10.3g, Fiber 0.2g, Protein 1g.
**Source: Fiona Hayes, About.com