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from [CathyTedder]

Low Fat Valentine Cookies

These cookies are made with half the butter of most sugar cookies and instead of granulated sugar use coconut palm sugar to prevent a spike in blood sugar levels. The frosting is spread thin and I used the juice from defrosted dark sweet cherries that gave the glaze a little pink color and topped with a few sprinkles and a dusting of confectioners sugar. So, treat yourself to one of these low fat Valentine cookies without feeling too guilty!

  • Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoon(s) butter softened
  • 3/4 cup(s) coconut palm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon(s) almond extract
  • 1 2/3 cup(s) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 cup(s) confectioners sugar sifted
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup(s) confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon(s) skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon(s) juice from defrosted dark sweet cherries
  • pink sugar for decorating

Preparation

For cookie:

Using a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and almond extract, mixing well.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture into butter and sugar until dough forms. The dough may seem a little crumbly at first; but it will come together. Wrap dough in plastic and shape into a disk. Chill for two hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with confectioners sugar. Turn out one half of dough onto it. Roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters dipped in confectioners sugar to make cutouts. Gather scraps and re-roll until all the dough is used. While the first batch are baking is a good time to repeat the rolling and cutting process with the second half of the dough.

Place cookies 1-inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer to wire rack after 1 minute to cool.

For glaze:

In a small bowl, mix together confectioners sugar, almond extract, and milk. In a small resealable bag put 2 tablespoons of white glass and set aside. Add cherry juice to the sugar mixture and if you want to make a darker pink add another teaspoon of juice. When cookies are fully cooled, frost and decorate as desired. Makes about 30 cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutters used. Enjoy!

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