When it comes to Christmas cookies, I'm usually not one to skimp on taste by adjusting ingredients. But, if a slight adjustment can make a cookie a bit healthier while also still tasting delicious, I'm all for it — like these sugar cookies for instance. Even though there's fat and sugar in these cookies, it's a lot less than the original recipe calls for.
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- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Earth Balance
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup granulated sugar or sprinkles (optional for dusting)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using a stand mixer, mix the Earth Balance and sugar together using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Then add the vanilla and egg yolks, mixing until combined.
- Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix together until combined and doughy.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls, then dust formed balls with sugar. Place dusted dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake cookies for about 18 minutes, or until they are lightly brown around the edges. Cookies should be soft in the center.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Makes 48 cookies.
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If these cookies are still not light enough for you, make a smaller cookie to increase the yield and decrease the calorie per serving. You can also decrease the amount of sugar used by adding spices like ginger, cinnamon, or nutmeg.
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