Have a Happy and Healthy National Sugar Cookie Day

09 Jul
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When you think of tasty summer snacks to nibble on at the beach or on a picnic, sugar cookies probably don’t come to mind. They’re generally associated with winter and yet July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day … though perhaps that’s for good reason. It’s easy enough to gobble up cookies while chalking up the consequences to communal winter weight gain. Placing National Sugar Cookie Day smack dab in the middle of bathing suit season gives us reason to pause and consider the healthiest ways to enjoy these delicious treats. So, if you’re trying to celebrate this holiday (that you may well have only just heard of) without compromising your beach-ready physique, check out this sugar cookie recipe that contains only 109 calories per serving.


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Cookies:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 11 1/4 ounces)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar

10 tablespoon butter, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large egg whites


Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preparation

To prepare cookies, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and egg whites. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each dough half into a ball; wrap each dough half in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Unwrap 1 dough ball. Press dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, to a 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat procedure with remaining dough ball. Chill dough 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°.


Remove one dough portion from refrigerator. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; turn dough over. Remove remaining plastic wrap. Using a 2 1/2-inch cutter, cut dough into 18 cookies. Place cookies 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans 5 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining dough half.

To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Working with 1 cookie at a time, spread about 1 teaspoon icing evenly over cookie. Let stand on a wire rack until set.


Note:

For icing that's suited for piping, decrease the milk to two tablespoons.


By Petra Halbur


Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/classic-iced-sugar-cookies-10000001687701/
Last modified on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:05

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