Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lower calorie deelish Christmas cookie recipe to try!

I know some of you are probably at the start line of a cookie baking I wanted to share a yummy healthier option recipe, courtesy of Richard Simmons. Meringue cookies are very crispy and can really satisfy a sweet tooth, without sabatoging your caloric intake for the day, plus the red & green appearance makes them very festive for Christmas. So give them a try & hope you enjoy!

Red And Green Christmas Meringue Cookies
 (Serves  12)
2 Egg whites
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cream of tarter
1 tsp Vanilla
3/4 Cup confectioner's sugar
Red and green food coloring
Preheat oven to 250.
  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add salt, cream of tarter and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Add sugar a little at a time until it is all incorporated.
  4. Separate meringue in half and add 1 drop of red food coloring to ½ recipe and 1 drop of green to other batch and mix to combine.
  5. Place meringue in piping bag and pipe cookies onto parchment paper. You can use a little meringue in the corner of each sheet to hold it in place.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, rotating and turning baking sheets throughout cooking. They are done when they can be lifted from the baking sheet easily.
  7. Test by removing one and cooling a little see if it breaks apart easily and is crisp and dry (it is done). It won't hurt the others to let them cook while you are checking.
Additional Tips
Other extracts work well in this recipe as well, experiment with different colors and tips on the piping bag, as you like. It is very important when you are beating egg whites that there is no yellow and the bowl you are mixing in is very clean and dry. Mixing should be done at room temperature.

Nutritional Information:
32 Calories, .6 gm Protein, 7.5 gm Carbohydrate, 0 gm Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 34 mg Sodium

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