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Oct 27, 2008 12:37 PM

Healthy low calorie cookie recipe?

I'm looking for a way to make low fat/low calorie cookies:) I'm not much of an experienced baker so i'm wondering if anyone has any good recipes or suggestions about making substitutions. I've made the infamous spinach brownies before and loved the healthy addition of the whole wheat flour, wheat germ, oats and spinach! Does anyone have anything similar for cookies? Ways to add healthy ingredients to make them still delicious or ways to use less butter?

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  1. I've made pumpkin cookies before with chopped dried apricots and walnuts. They're more of a cakey cookie. My husband loved them. I the recipe below, but cut out part of the white sugar, and used apricots and walnuts instead of the raisins. Also, I added more pumpkin and oatmeal.

    If you're baking brownies from a box, you can skip the oil and use applesauce instead. Also, use egg whites instead of whole eggs in all cookie recipes. In most recipes you can cut out some sugar.

    1. Go on the cookinglight website or eatingwell website with tons of recipes. I have baked healthier cookies by using applesause or dates in place of the butter and they turn out great.

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      1. re: taboo

        interesting. how does applesauce replacing butter affect the texture, cooking time and taste? Can I just totally eliminate the butter with applesauce? How much applesauce for a given amount of butter?

        1. re: cups123

          1 cup coconut
          1 3/4 cups crushed corn flakes
          1/2 cup apple sauce
          3/4 cup Splenda (or Altern)
          3/4 cup Spenda brown sugar
          1/2 tsp vanilla
          1/2 tsp baking soda
          1/4 tsp salt
          2 Tbsp baking powder

          Combine all dry ingredients.
          Cream the wet ingredients (sugar is a wet ingredient)
          Mix with dry ingredients until well combined
          Stir in the coconut and cornflakes
          If mixture seems a bit too thin, add AP flour (a little at a time) to stiffen up the dough.
          Drop with teaspoon or tablespoon (size is your choice) onto greased baking sheet
          and bake 325 degrees for about 12 minutes. Check for doneness and allow to stay another two or three minutes or until fully set.

          1. re: cups123

            Replace the butter with an equal amount of applesauce. Cookies will have the best texture if you don't replace all the applesauce. Keep at least a third of the called-for butter. Applesauce gives cookies a somewhat soft or cakey texture, depending on the recipe. No such thing as a crisp cookie made with applesauce, so skip those recipes. Aplesauce works best with oatmeal and spice cookies and the like. As cheesecake17 notes, you can definitely cut some of the sugar, which saves calories and carbohydrate grams. Try reducing the sugar by a third.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I agree.. keep a little of the butter, but use the applesauce for the rest and the cookies will come out great.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                It's not just the applesauce that compromises crispness. Eliminating sugar also means saying bye-bye to crispness. You can make up for that a bit with recipes that include cereals if there's not so much moisture that the cereals become soggy. Nuts will provide some crunch, but are hardly low-cal.

          2. You can also mix one can of pumpkin with brownie mix too. It's a weight watchers trick - high in fiber, low in fat/calories. I also made this fantastic haystack cookie, I'll try and find the link. It was carrots and oatmeal

            1. Try to get your hands on a cookbook called One Smart Cookie. It has many lower fat and lower-saturated fat recipes. Once you lower fat, you necessarily lower calories, since fat has so many calories. Also, a totally fat-free "cookie" is meringues; crunchy, tasty, sweet, and still fairly low in calories--how can you beat that?

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              1. re: queenscook

                I just saw a wonderful recipe for mint meringues (either red or green) with a sliver of peppermint candycane on top. Yum, can't wait to make them.

                Also, homemade pizzaelli's from Hannaford Brothers are fantastic and only 35 calories each (1 point on WW) - it's a really nice treat for dessert.