December 29, 2008

Cookies without guilt

I adore cookies, I mean absolutely adore cookies! Store bought, bakery, home made, I've never met a cookie I don't like.

I try very hard to keep cookies OUT of the house because they are quite deadly for me. Actually all of my cookie swap cookies I got I gave away to the neighbors so I wouldn't eat them.

But I made this WW recipe for me... But i cheated, I'm WAY too lazy to chill and roll out and cut cookies so I just made balls, rolled them in sprinkles and flattened them out and they came out soft and poofy and nice. And the addition of the nutmeg was wonderful. One point each- how can you go wrong??

Classic Sugar Cookies

From Weight Watchers

3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup(s) butter
1/4 cup(s) Neufchatel cheese
1 cup(s) sugar, granulated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg(s)
1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1 tsp all-purpose flour, for rolling out dough
1/3 cup(s) sugar, colored (for decorating)

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg; set aside.

Place butter and cheese in a large bowl; cream using an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until batter is pale yellow; beat in vanilla extract and egg.

Add about 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of milk to cheese mixture; mix batter on low speed until just combined. Repeat 2 more times with remaining flour mixture and milk, until thoroughly combined into cheese mixture.

Shape dough into a ball and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Using your palms, press down on plastic wrap to flatten dough into a hamburger shape; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.

Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour on a flat work surface. Pull off about 1/3 of dough and, using a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter, cut cookies out of dough and place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll up dough scraps and add back to dough ball. Pull off another 1/3 of dough and repeat process until all dough is used — recipe will make approximately 45 cookies.

Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar and bake until edges just start to turn golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.

1 comment:

Joelen said...

Oooh, a WW cookie! These looks so festive! If you'd like, you're welcome to submit this to the upcoming Chef Spotlight blogging event coming up where we are featuring healthy chef recipes including those from Weight Watchers. Details are in my blog's left sidebar and I'd love to feature this in the upcoming round up! :)