Holiday Recipe Redux: Spritz Cookies

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The holiday baking season is upon us, and chances are you have an invitation to a holiday cookie exchange or an office party laying on you kitchen counter. Before you stress out over finding a semi-health conscious recipe, check out my healthy take on these easy to make classic holiday spritz cookies!

I used this standard Betty Crocker recipe as a base, and swapped out half of the flour for whole wheat to add fiber, and decreased the amount of sugar by half to reduce the calories. We also increased the vanilla for more natural flavoring!  For more ideas on healthy recipe swaps for your classic holiday recipes, check out my blog post here.

Spritz Cookies Makeover

Servings: 72 cookies (6 dozen)

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sugar and/or sprinkles for decorating!

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400F. Beat the melted butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low. Add in the salt, egg and vanilla extract and beat on low with an electric mixer.
  2. Add in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Place the dough in a cookie press, and use the press to form different holiday cookie shapes onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Decorate with a moderate amount of colored sugar and/or sprinkles.
  5. Bake cookies for about 5 minutes, until set but not brown. Remove cookies onto a wire rack to cool.
  6. Bring cookies to your holiday cookie exchange and enjoy!

Happy Holidays from Blush Nutrition!

I wrote this post for PureBarre.com and it originally appeared in December 2015.

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