The holidays are officially here. Merry Christmas! Typically, this time of year we gain a few pounds thanks to all that delicious holiday food and drink. Well, this year, instead of gaining weight, enjoy a healthier holiday with these delicious healthy desserts perfect for every holiday party. You don’t have to say “no” to cookies this year. Instead, try this delicious Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookie recipe from Health. At only 126 calories per 3-inch cookie, you can definitely afford to indulge a little bit.
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Whisk together the flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
- Beat butter and sugars together in another medium bowl until light and fluffy. Then, add the egg white, and extracts and beat until combined.
- Add the flour and sugar mixture together and stir until mixed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F) and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Dust counter with flour and roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Use cookie-cutters in your favorite holiday shapes to create the cookies. Place completed shapes on the baking sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until set, but not browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack.
- For the icing, whisk together the three icing ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. It should have the consistency of glaze. If it’s too thin, add more sugar. If it’s too thick, add more lemon juice.
- Ice your cookies using a pastry bag.
- Let the icing harden before serving.