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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 60
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 61.5
  • Total Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 27.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 11.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g

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Two Thumbs-Up Holiday Cookies

Submitted by: PHULLER
Two Thumbs-Up Holiday Cookies

Introduction

These cookies get two thumbs up in terms of nutrition!

Thumbprint cookies are a tradition during the holidays, but this one offers extra nutrients, lower fat and great flavor.

This recipe uses some ingredients that might be new to you. Spelt flour is available in small bags in the baking aisle at large grocery stores, and agave nectar is found at health food stores or online. (Some larger supermarkets might also carry it.) Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than sugar, but you can sub honey.

You may substitute your favorite low-fat granola cereal for the Ezekiel 4:9, but be sure the granola does not contain any fruit, which will affect the texture of the cookie. I used a Superfruit Spread from Trader Joe's, but a fruit-juice sweetened preserve will work just as well. Because spelt takes some time to absorb liquid, it is best to refrigerate this dough overnight.

This recipe was created by Patricia Huller C.C.E., M.Ed., a culinary instructor and healthy baking expert from Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute, especially for SparkRecipes.
These cookies get two thumbs up in terms of nutrition!

Thumbprint cookies are a tradition during the holidays, but this one offers extra nutrients, lower fat and great flavor.

This recipe uses some ingredients that might be new to you. Spelt flour is available in small bags in the baking aisle at large grocery stores, and agave nectar is found at health food stores or online. (Some larger supermarkets might also carry it.) Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that has a lower glycemic index than sugar, but you can sub honey.

You may substitute your favorite low-fat granola cereal for the Ezekiel 4:9, but be sure the granola does not contain any fruit, which will affect the texture of the cookie. I used a Superfruit Spread from Trader Joe's, but a fruit-juice sweetened preserve will work just as well. Because spelt takes some time to absorb liquid, it is best to refrigerate this dough overnight.

This recipe was created by Patricia Huller C.C.E., M.Ed., a culinary instructor and healthy baking expert from Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute, especially for SparkRecipes.

Number of Servings: 60

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cup Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal (or a low-fat granola)
    1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    1/2 cup spelt flour
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    3/4 tsp cream of tartar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp allspice
    1/8 tsp ginger
    3/4 cup agave nectar or honey
    4 oz sweet potato baby food (or sweet potato puree)
    2 egg whites
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup raisins
    1 cup walnuts, finely ground
    1 egg white (for dipping)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grind cereal in food processor for 2 minutes or it is finely ground. Add flour, spelt flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger. Pulse to blend.

In a large bowl, combine agave nectar, sweet potato puree, egg whites, vanilla and raisins. Stir in flour mixture, but do not overmix. It is best to refrigerate dough overnight to allow the grains to absorb the liquid.

Drop onto cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone pan liner. Roll each cookie into egg white that has been lightly beaten. Roll into finely chopped walnuts. Press with thumb in center of cookie to create thumbprint. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of preserves in center of cookie.

Bake 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. To assure even baking, rotate pans halfway through baking.

Cool and store in airtight container.

Yield: 5 dozen

Number of Servings: 60

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user PHULLER.






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