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I was looking to make sugar cookies for an event and disappointed to not find a relatively healthy version here. So now I'm adding one. This one began as a Cooking Light recipe and includes my adjustments. Not your typical sugar cookie, the wheat germ gives these a pale brown color and a nuttiness that contrasts nicely with the lemon glaze. The dough needs to chill at least four hours and does best if chilled overnight, so you need to plan ahead with this one.
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- cooking spray
- 1/3 cup Splenda granular
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt, Greek-style works especially well
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1To prepare cookies, beat Splenda, sugar, yogurt and butter in a large bowl at medium speed of a mixer until well blended (about 4 minutes).
- 2Add egg, egg whites, lemon zest and vanilla beating well.
- 3Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, mixing well. Spoon dough into a sealable bag, flatten to 1 1/2-inch disc and chill 4 hours or overnight.
- 4Preheat oven to 400°.
- 5Roll dough to a 15 x 12-inch rectangle on a heavily floured surface. Cut dough into 20 (3-inch) squares using a sharp knife. If the dough gets very soft in this stage, return to the fridge to chill again to retain firmness. Too much flour will end with a tough cookie.
- 6Alternately, use your favorite cookie cutters to make shapes; note this may change the yield and nutritional value per cookie.
- 7Place cookies 2-inches apart on baking sheets prepared with a light coat of cooking spray.
- 8Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until golden. Immediately remove cookies from pans using a wide spatula, and cool on wire rack.
- 9To make icing, combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. If the icing seems too thick, add a bit more lemon juice to thin. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the icing over each 3-inch cookie, or place icing in a small zip-top plastic bag or pastry bag and tip. If using disposible bag, trim a tiny hole in one corner, and drizzle icing over cookies.
- 10If the icing seems to be too thick you can add more lemon juice (which will make the icing more tart) or you can add a little more milk (which keeps the flavor more neutral).
- 11Sprinkle with assorted sugar sprinkles or other decorations, if desired.
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Nutritional Facts for Lemon-Frosted Sugar Cookies
Serving Size: 1 (45 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 20
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 160.7
- Calories from Fat 35
- Total Fat 3.9 g
- Saturated Fat 2.3 g
- Cholesterol 19.7 mg
- Sodium 97.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 29.3 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
- Sugars 18.7 g
- Protein 2.3 g
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