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Dec 10, 2009 11:10 AM

Heresy!!?? NO! Low Fattish Christmas Cookies

Here are 2 recipes for very good cookies that have NO butter. I've made them for a couple of friends who wish they could but can't eat butter. They're actually quite delicious.

Adapted from Moosewood Restaurants Book of Desserts:

Walnut Macaroons (you can use any nuts - almonds, pecans, etc.

Mix together the following ingredients - 1 beaten egg white, 1 1/4 cups ground nuts (they say finely ground, but I like a few larger bits); 3/4 cup of brown sugar (packed); 1 tsp of vanilla (I've also subbed orange zest). The recipe also calls for cinnamon - sometimes I omit.

Mush all this together well and form into balls - about an inch or so. Place on baking sheet (about 2 inchies apart - but not to worry as they don't expand much) and bake for about a half hour at 300 degrees. You should leave them on the baking sheet to cool a bit - about 5 minutes - before removing.

Almond Florentines adapted from Ottolenghi

2 egg whites
100 g icing sugar
260 g flaked almonds
grated zest of one orange

Put parchment paper on the baking sheet and brush with veg oil.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and keep a bowl of water nearby as the mixture is VERY STICKY.

Form dough into small mounds, put on the baking sheet and flatten with the back of a spatula or fork been dipped in cold water.(they should be flattened as much as possible without making holes in the dough) Bake at about 320 degrees for 12 minutes - they should be golden brown.
Cool them on the baking tray and then gently remove with a small spatula or palette knife.

Both these cookies are delicious served with sorbet (orange or lemon are especially good) or any ice cream or fruit salad of winter fuits such as oranges and tangerines.

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  1. Many biscotti recipes are low or no fat as well ...

    4 Replies
    1. re: foiegras

      Well, they often don't have butter or oil, but they do have fat from the egg yolks. Not that I have ANY problem with that, I make biscotti all the time and love them, but they aren't "no fat."

        1. re: visciole

          yeah, i guess neither are the two recipes posted by the OP, oakjen. they've got almonds/nuts which aren't fat free ingredients.

          they're no fat added recipes though

          1. re: superfinespot

            That's why I called my post "Low-Fattish"

      1. Icing sugar=confectionary sugar? Flaked almonds=ground almonds?

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        1. re: bushwickgirl

          I'll point out that both of those recipes are gluten-free, too, in case anyone on your gift or guest list has that dietary restriction.

          I love those Ottolenghi Florentines. The book says they are different from the traditional Florentine, but I don't really know what a traditional Florentine is, I guess.. Yes confectioner's sugar ( powdered sugar) and no, not ground almonds, you want SLICED almonds. Here's a link to a photo of them (of course, don't dip in chocolate if your aim is to keep it lower in fat. so you can see the almonds.

          Here's a whole thread on no-butter cookies, in which I posted a link to an adapated weight watchers espresso biscotti that are actually quite lovely. Only point point per biscotti, but, mostly because they are tiny. They have eggs in them, so, again, not entirely fat-free.

          oakjoan, those walnut macaroons sound nice!


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Thank you for answering my question, TDQ. Traditional florentines have butter and heavy cream, amongst other ingredients, so not low-fattish.

            1. re: bushwickgirl

              Ah, thank you for that. I tried to look up a few "florentine" recipes to see if I could discern what one was, but I ended up imagining it like fruitcake.


        2. A great resource for some lighter cookie recipes is "One Smart Cookie" by Julie Van Rosendaal.

          You can find some of her recipes on her blog.
          Her Chocolava Cookies are very good!