Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Cookie Takes the Cake

Originally when I created this blog, I pledged to only add healthy recipes in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. Since then I have had many requests for the appearance of some of my more indulgent dishes. Of course I want to please my readers, so I have decided to add some of these recipes as well. Since all foods are fine in moderation, just be sure to treat these as occasional treats, and not everyday eats. From this point on, such recipes will be referred to as my "Seldom Splurge" files. Although these foods will not necessarily be low-calorie, I still tend to lighten them a bit from their original content.

A lot of my "seldom splurges" are are also my go-to ideas for parties and tailgating. These red velvet cake cookies are no exception. They are the perfect replacement for cake or cupcakes at parties because there is no cutting or messy icing to deal with; but still the fluffy cake texture and sugary flavor. I have made these for multiple Alabama football games, considering the perfect crimson color and white powder sugar coating (also perfect for Christmas and Valentine's Day). You can make these with any flavor of cake mix that you desire. If your team color does not happen to be red, try white cake mix with added food color (or you could just become a Crimson Tide fan). I have previously made these cookies with lemon, strawberry, chocolate, and confetti cake mix. As far as the promised diet tweak, I used light cool whip in place of regular and they turned out great. Each cookie clocks in at around 70 calories so while the stats are not the best, the cookies have only one gram of fat each. Also, these are so easy to make and you only need four ingredients.

Cake Mix Cookies
makes 36 cookies

1 (18.25 oz.) box cake mix (any flavor)
2 cups light cool whip, thawed
1 large egg
1/2 cup confectioner sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine first three ingredients, stirring well (dough will be sticky).
  3. Pour sugar on a plate and dust hands in sugar.
  4. Drop heaping teaspoons of dough into sugar, roll to coat, and place on baking sheet two inches apart. (12 cookies should fit on regular size baking sheet)
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Nutrition: (per cookie) 70 calories, 15g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 1g fat



Rainie said...

Yum! I'll have to try these for a tailgate- great idea! Your blog is adoreable! I need some tips haha

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